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From resistance to usefulness: sociology and the clinical use of genetic tests

Hedgecoe, Adam Michael 2008. From resistance to usefulness: sociology and the clinical use of genetic tests. BioSocieties 3 (2) , pp. 183-194. 10.1017/S1745855208006108

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Drawing on previous research on geneticization and the clinical uptake of pharmacogenetics, this article argues for the use of the concept of clinical usefulness, in preference to the idea of clinical resistance to such testing. A general framework for clinical usefulness is sketched out, looking at how a number of features (clinicians’ knowledge, the differing interests of clinicians and researchers, how context influences the value of tests’ accuracy, the economic aspects of such tests and general cultural aspects of the clinic) influence how ‘useful’ a genetic or pharmacogenetic test will be seen to be by clinicians.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (CESAGen)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH426 Genetics
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISSN: 1745-8552
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:16

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