Aim: To assess the impact of sociodemographic factors and beliefs about medicines on the uptake of pharmacogenomic testing in older adults in a public healthcare system. Materials & methods: Data are based on a sample of 347 primary care older adults. Results: Most respondents (90%) were willing to provide a saliva sample and 47% were willing to pay for it. Increased age (odds ratio: 0.91; p = 0.04) and negative beliefs about the harmfulness of medicines (odds ratio: 0.68; p = 0.02) were associated with a decreased willingness to provide a sample. Lower education (less than university, odds ratio: 0.54; p = 0.04) was associated with a decreased willingness to pay. Conclusion: Education and beliefs about medicines are important factors in the acceptability of pharmacogenomic testing in older adults.
Keywords: beliefs about medicines; older adults; pharmacogenetic testing; sociodemographics; willingness to pay.