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Public reaction to direct-to-consumer online genetic tests: Comparing attitudes, trust and intentions across commercial and conventional providers

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Critchley, CR and Nicol, D and Otlowski, MFA and Chalmers, DRC, Public reaction to direct-to-consumer online genetic tests: Comparing attitudes, trust and intentions across commercial and conventional providers, Public Understanding of Science, 24, (6) pp. 731-750. ISSN 0963-6625 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 Sage Publications

DOI: doi:10.1177/0963662513519937

Abstract

The success of personalised medicine depends upon the publicís embracing genetic tests. Tests that claim to predict an individualís future health can now be accessed via online companies outside of conventional health regulations. This research assessed the extent to which the public embrace direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests relative to those obtained by a conventional medical practitioner (MP). It also examined the reasons for differences across providers using a randomised experimental telephone survey of 1000 Australians. Results suggest that people were significantly less likely to approve of, and order a DTC genetic test administered by a company compared to a MP because they were less trusting of companiesí being able to protect their privacy and provide them with access to genetic expertise and counselling. Markets for DTC genetic tests provided by companies would therefore significantly increase if trust in privacy protection and access to expertise are enhanced through regulation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Law
Research Field:Law not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the Law
Objective Field:Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified
Author:Critchley, CR (Associate Professor Christine Critchley)
Author:Nicol, D (Professor Dianne Nicol)
Author:Otlowski, MFA (Professor Margaret Otlowski)
Author:Chalmers, DRC (Professor Don Chalmers)
ID Code:91777
Year Published:2015 (online first 2014)
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Faculty of Law
Deposited On:2014-05-29
Last Modified:2017-06-22
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