Physicians' propensity to offer genetic testing for Alzheimer's disease: Results from a survey

Gary A. Chase, Gail Geller, Suzanne L. Havstad, Neil A. Holtzman, Susan Spear Bassett

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Purpose: Examine physician knowledge, preferences, and use of genetic tests for Alzheimer's disease (AD). Methods: Survey of 426 community-based physicians treating AD patients. Results: Majority gave inaccurate estimates of AD risk. Medical specialty predicted appropriate use of current tests. Recommending substances to prevent memory loss was related to acceptance of error-free tests. High patient loads and familiarity with genetic tests predicted lower tolerance for test error. Conclusion: Physicians do not endorse indiscriminate genetic susceptibility testing for AD. However, insufficient knowledge of disease risk, etiology, genetic susceptibility, and use of existing tests indicated a need for further physician education in this area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)297-303
Number of pages7
JournalGenetics in Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2002



  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Genetic testing
  • Genetics
  • Physician survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics(clinical)

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