In the past, patients often gave full autonomy of their health choices and care to their doctors. Now, at-home DNA tests are marketed as holiday gifts during Black Friday, and younger patients are more interested in obtaining information about their own health — and they are more willing to pay for it out of pocket.
GENOMICS FROM THE LAB IN PRACTICE
“The CMO’s Generation Genome report is focused on the need for the UK to maintain its presence as a world leader in genomic medicine. It presented a vision of genomics being integrated into the NHS within the next 5 years.
The “vast majority” of NHS doctors are “not up to speed” with modern genetic techniques that can transform patients’ chances.
In the short-term it’s the specialists who will use it but we will increasingly see patients knowledgeable about genomics going to their GPs with questions.
In the near future, all doctors will need to be able to understand when to use genomic testing and how to interpret the results they get back from the lab in order to best help their patients.
YOU DON’T NEED MORE DATA – NOR GENETIC COUNSELORS
“Even though the number of genetic counsellors has grown 88% over the last decade— there are currently about 4,200 genetic counsellors in the U.S. — experts say there won’t be an appropriate ratio of counsellor-to-patients until 2023, at the earliest.
China will need at least 100,000 genetic counsellors. “You cannot even find the term for genetic counsellors in the Chinese occupational classification system,” said He Ping, a director at the Genetics Society of China. With the gradual introduction of genetic testing services into clinical practice, the industry began to show a supply shortage.