Unformatted text preview: nformation about his/her
own health risks; (2) the individual uses this
information to develop an individualized T h e n o n - c o d in g
p a rt o f t h e h u m a n
g e n o m e i s f u n c ti o n a ll y
i m p o r t a n t , y e t lit tl e i s
k n o w n a b o u t it .
© 2003 Nature Publishing Group prevention or treatment plan; (3) the individual implements that plan; (4) this leads to
improved health; and (5) healthcare costs are
reduced. Scrutiny of these assumptions is
needed, both to test them and to determine
how each step could best be accomplished in
different clinical settings.
Research is also required that critically
evaluates new genetic tests and interventions
in terms of parameters such as benefits,
access and cost. Such research should be
interdisciplinary and use the tools and
expertise of many fields, including
genomics, health education, health behaviour research, health outcomes research,
healthcare delivery analysis, and healthcare
economics. Some of these fields have historically paid little attention to genomic...
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