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Comment & Response
October 24/31, 2017

Improving Direct-to-Consumer Medical Testing

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Pathology and Immunology, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, Missouri
  • 2Department of Pathology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
  • 3Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, New York
JAMA. 2017;318(16):1613. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.13733

To the Editor Dr Rockwell called for changes to the direct-to-consumer (DTC) medical testing industry.1 We agree but also recognize that patient access to tools such as home thermometers, blood pressure monitors, glucometers, pregnancy tests, and HIV tests have allowed for improvement in the diagnosis and monitoring of disease. We believe that there can be value in empowering consumers to monitor specific aspects of their health. We suggest 5 actions to improve the reliability and utilization of DTC medical tests.