Inclusion of diverse populations in genomic research and health services: Genomix workshop report

Mathew, Savio S., Barwell, Julian, Khan, Nasaim, Lynch, Ella, Parker, Michael and Qureshi, Nadeem (2017) Inclusion of diverse populations in genomic research and health services: Genomix workshop report. Journal of Community Genetics, 8 (4). pp. 267-273. ISSN 1868-6001

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Clinical genetic services and genomic research are rapidly developing but, historically, those with the greatest need are the least to benefit from these advances. This encompasses low-income communities, including those from ethnic minority and indigenous backgrounds. The “Genomix” workshop at the European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG) 2016 conference offered the opportunity to consider possible solutions for these disparities from the experiences of researchers and genetic healthcare practitioners working with underserved communities in the USA, UK and Australia. Evident from the workshop and corresponding literature is that a multi-faceted approach to engaging communities is essential. This needs to be complemented by redesigning healthcare systems that improves access and raises awareness of the needs of these communities. At a more strategic level, institutions involved in funding research, commissioning and redesigning genetic health services also need to be adequately represented by underserved populations with intrinsic mechanisms to disseminate good practice and monitor participation. Further, as genomic medicine is mainstreamed, educational programmes developed for clinicians should incorporate approaches to alleviate disparities in accessing genetic services and improving study participation.

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Keywords: Inclusion; Diverse populations; Genomic research; Health services
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine > Division of Primary Care
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Depositing User: McCambridge, Mrs April
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2017 10:27
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 19:14

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