Perceptions of Personalized Medicine in an Academic Health System: Educational Findings.
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Prior reports demonstrate that personalized medicine implementation in clinical care is lacking. Given the program focus at Duke University on personalized medicine, we assessed health care providers' perspectives on their preparation and educational needs to effectively integrate personalized medicine tools and applications into their clinical practices.Data from 78 health care providers who participated in a larger study of personalized and precision medicine at Duke University were analyzed using Qualtrics (descriptive statistics). Individuals age 18 years and older were recruited for the larger study through broad email contacts across the university and health system. All participants completed an online 35-question survey that was developed, pilot-tested, and administered by a team of interdisciplinary researchers and clinicians at the Center for Applied Genomics and Precision Medicine.Overall, providers reported being ill-equipped to implement personalized medicine in clinical practice. Many respondents identified educational resources as critical for strengthening personalized medicine implementation in both research and clinical practice. Responses did not differ significantly between specialists and primary providers or by years since completion of the medical degree.Survey findings support prior calls for provider and patient education in personalized medicine. Respondents identified focus areas in training, education, and research for improving personalized medicine uptake. Given respondents' emphasis on educational needs, now may be an ideal time to address these needs in clinical training and public education programs.
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.5455/jcme.20150408050414
Publication InfoGinsburg, Geoffrey; Katsanis, Sara; Vorderstrasse, Allison; Minear, Mollie A; Yang, Nancy; Rakhra-Burris, Tejinder; ... Ann Simmons, Leigh (2015). Perceptions of Personalized Medicine in an Academic Health System: Educational Findings. Journal of contemporary medical education, 3(1). pp. 14-19. 10.5455/jcme.20150408050414. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/17574.
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Professor of Medicine
Dr. Geoffrey S. Ginsburg's research interests are in the development of novel paradigms for developing and translating genomic information into medical practice and the integration of personalized medicine into health care.
Instructor in the Duke Initiative for Science & Society
Sara Huston Katsanis is faculty instructor in the Initiative for Science & Society at Duke University. Her policy research focuses on genetic testing applications in humanitarian efforts, medicine and law enforcement. She researches ethical and policy challenges in the applications of genomics to human identification in contexts, such as human trafficking, migration, and adoption fraud. Past research explored direct-­to-­consumer genetic testing, pharmacogeneti
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