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Medical and public health strategies for ensuring the quality of genetic testing

Michael S. Watson

in Genetics and Public Health in the 21st Century

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780195128307
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864485 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195128307.003.0012

Series: Oxford Monographs on Medical Genetics

Medical and public health strategies for ensuring the quality of genetic testing

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Over the past ten to fifteen years, significant changes have made medical genetics among the most exciting and rapidly evolving areas of medicine. This chapter discusses the issues facing this field, including physician and public education, laboratory quality, and the still ill-defined standards by which decisions are made regarding the transition of research information into clinical investigation and on to standard-of-care service. To understand the issues that must be addressed to assure quality testing, some knowledge of the practice and information on its place in health care delivery are valuable.

Keywords: genetic testing; public health; health care; medical genetics

Chapter.  8332 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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