Should Doctors Be Compelled to Share Genetic Information with Patients?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

doctor visit (Alex Proimos/flickr)

Yesterday, The Takeaway discussed new guidelines from the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics that urge doctors to alert their patients of certain genetic conditions, regardless of the patient's wishes. 

On that program, Dr. Art Caplan, director of the Division of Medical Ethics at the NYU Longone Medical Center, said, "When you take a test, someone has to ask you if you want to know the results, particularly if those results are not what you came for."

He continued, "So, when I get tested, it might sound a little silly to say, tell me what you find, but everything can be found from non-paternity, to certain diseases and disorders that we can't do much about except tell you that, you know, they're nasty and you've got a high risk."

Today, an argument from the other side, with Dr. Robert Green, a medical geneticist at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Green is the author of the new genetic guidelines.


Our Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, is filling in as host all this week. Follow Todd on Twitter for the latest from Capitol Hill.

Guests:

Dr. Robert Green

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Comments [2]

Daniel from North Bergen

Why do patients have to have their WHOLE genome sequenced when you want to know more about your disposition for heart problems? Can't you just have the associated genes sequenced? I don't understand why it's necessary to look at all your genes

Mar. 26 2013 03:27 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

You gotta know what's wrong with you, even if you don't want to know...You can always continue to live in denial.

Mar. 26 2013 01:21 PM

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