Weight-related genomic information and provider communication approach: looking through the lens of patient race. Academic Article uri icon


  • Aim: This report explores the process of weight-related genomic information provision considering patient race as an important potential moderator of patient response. Methods: Health beliefs and perceived stigma were assessed following provision of genomic (versus behavioral) information by a virtual reality-based physician using either a supportive or directive communication style. Participants included 168 women with overweight. Results: Genomic explanations, combined with supportive communication, resulted in some improved health behavior-related and interpersonal outcomes for white patients, but not black participants. Black participants, on average, did not have diminished outcomes when provided with genomic information. Conclusion: Genomic communications may elicit more positive interpersonal responses than behavioral explanations among both majority and minority populations, but these effects may be moderated by patient race.

published proceedings

  • Per Med

altmetric score

  • 3.35

author list (cited authors)

  • Boland, S. E., Street, R. L., & Persky, S.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Boland, Sarah E||Street, Richard L||Persky, Susan

publication date

  • September 2019