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Human Genome Epidemiology, 2nd EditionBuilding the evidence for using genetic information to improve health and prevent disease$
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Muin Khoury, Sara Bedrosian, Marta Gwinn, Julian Higgins, John Ioannidis, and Julian Little

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195398441

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398441.001.0001

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Role of social and behavioral research in assessing the utility of genetic information

Role of social and behavioral research in assessing the utility of genetic information

(p.497) 25 Role of social and behavioral research in assessing the utility of genetic information
Human Genome Epidemiology, 2nd Edition

Saskia C. Sanderson

Christopher H. Wade

Colleen M. McBride

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes and critiques the state of the science with respect to understanding how genetic information has been, and how genomic information might, in the future, be used to improve health by encouraging health behaviors that decrease chronic disease risk. To this end, it reviews studies in which the impact of providing genetic information has been evaluated as a means to influence behavioral outcomes. It then identifies gaps in the research and recommends new conceptual and methodological directions to accelerate this field of research. Lastly, it recommends roles that social and behavioral science can play in the next generation of research to consider the translation potential of genomic information for public health benefit.

Keywords:   genetic information, public health, health behavior, behavioral change, disease risk

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