Informed lay preferences for delivery of racially varied pharmacogenomics. Academic Article uri icon


  • OBJECTIVES: To understand public perceptions and opinions of three options for prescribing medicine: individualized genetic testing, race-based prescription, and traditional prescription. METHODS: Focus groups in urban, suburban, and rural communities over-sampled for minority groups conducted from February through April, 2001 in Georgia. RESULTS: Group members (N = 102) identified individualized genetic testing as providing the best quality of care (60% of talk turns; 75% in postdiscussion anonymous survey), but stipulated the need for protection from the invasion of privacy, discrimination, and prohibitive cost. Most individuals chose genetic testing because it provided individualized attention, and African-Americans indicated they would choose genetic testing even if the costs were high. Overall, individuals were suspicious of race-based prescription. Analyses for degree of suspicion revealed a main effect for race and an interaction effect for race and gender. CONCLUSIONS: If issues of cost, discrimination, and privacy are addressed, lay individuals prefer genetic testing as the basis for prescription of medicines that exhibit racially patterned response variation.

published proceedings

  • Genet Med

author list (cited authors)

  • Bevan, J. L., Lynch, J. A., Dubriwny, T. N., Harris, T. M., Achter, P. J., Reeder, A. L., & Condit, C. M.

citation count

  • 56

complete list of authors

  • Bevan, Jennifer L||Lynch, Jonh A||Dubriwny, Tasha N||Harris, Tina M||Achter, Paul J||Reeder, Amy L||Condit, Celeste M

publication date

  • January 2003