Genetic Test Results That Identify Increased Risk Do Not Change Behavior
Am Fam Physician. 2016 Jul 15;94(2):168.
Does genetic testing for disease risk motivate patients to change their behavior?
Patients informed via genetic test results that they were at increased risk of disease did not subsequently alter their behaviors. For example, persons at increased risk of diabetes mellitus or hypertension were no more likely to change their diet or increase their physical activity. Fancy tests do not appear to be motivators for behavior change. (Level of Evidence = 1a−)
These researchers identified 18 studies by searching five databases, including the Cochrane Register, as well as by performing citation searches. The studies
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