2015 Student Research Conference:
28th Annual Student Research Conference

Do you want to know? Characterizing the attitudes of 18-24 year olds towards the dissemination of incidental findings
Chelsea Rickman
Dr. Timothy D. Walston, Faculty Mentor

Incidental findings (IFs) are unanticipated results that arise as a result of a diagnostic or medical procedure. These findings have the potential to impact an individuals personal, medical, and financial life. The potential for IFs have increased with advances in the field of human genomics and the increased availability of genetic testing. With the rate of IFs increasing in both clinical settings and research trials, the protocols for managing and disseminating information regarding IFs should be carefully reevaluated. This project aimed to define and understand the attitudes of individuals ages 18-24 towards the disclosure and dissemination of incidental findings in a clinical setting. Participants were presented with scenarios involving incidental findings for various genetic disorders and asked whether they would want to know the results of the findings.

Keywords: incidental findings, bioethics, genetics, testing

Topic(s):Biology
Psychology
Philosophy & Religion

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 206-2
Location: MG 2001
Time: 11:15

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