Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Executive Deputy EditorIndividualAuthor
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To the Editor: As genetic technology evolves,
physicians will find themselves called on to counsel patients about a rapidly
increasing number of diseases for which genetic testing is available. The
increased availability of testing raises new and complex ethical issues. Lack
of familiarity with these issues may lead to profound and lifelong negative
effects on patients, particularly children.
A 2-page survey to evaluate awareness of ethical issues related to genetic
testing was developed and mailed to all medical students (n = 417) and primary
care residents (n = 161) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School,
Worcester, as well as 1000 randomly selected primary care physicians (250
pediatricians, obstetrician-gynecologists, family practitioners, and internists,
respectively). The survey included 3 scenarios regarding requests for genetic
Demmer LA, O'Neill MJ, Roberts AE, Clay MC. Knowledge of Ethical Standards in Genetic Testing Among Medical Students, Residents, and Practicing Physicians. JAMA. 2000;284(20):2595-2596. doi:10.1001/jama.284.20.2591