Adolescent perceptions of pharmacogenetic testing.
Background: Despite the expansion of pharmacogenetics (PGx), the views of pediatric patients remain unknown. This study explores adolescents' understanding and perceptions of PGx testing.
Methods: Adolescents who had PGx testing were interviewed and their electronic health records were reviewed.
Results: Adolescents accurately described reason for testing and most felt the results impacted their current and future care. None perceived risks to securing future employment or insurance. All felt PGx would benefit their peers.
Conclusion: Adolescents understand the reasons for PGx and perceive testing to be useful, low risk and applicable to peers. Findings from this study advocate for the inclusion of adolescents in shared decision-making regarding testing and for active engagement in the discussion of results.
adolescents; implementation; pediatrics; pharmacogenetics; pharmacogenomics
Stancil, S. L., Berrios, C. D., Abdel-Rahman, S. M. Adolescent perceptions of pharmacogenetic testing. Pharmacogenomics 22, 335-343 (2021).