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