Pilot study to examine physicians' attitudes toward adoption of new genetic technologies

This grant supports a pilot study to examine non-geneticist physicians' attitudes toward their adoption of new genetic technologies. Through telephone interviews, the investigators will explore in-depth reasons why physicians adopt or fail to adopt genetic tests available to them. Through a grant from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), the project director, Neil A. Holtzman, M.D., M.P.H., is surveying a total of 3,000 internists, family physicians, obstetrician-gynecologists, and medical oncologists to establish their actual use of two genetic tests in adults -- cystic fibrosis carrier screening and testing for genetic susceptibility to breast cancer. This survey of non-geneticist physicians was conducted by mail in January 1998, in Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. By February, both adopters and non-adopters of these new genetic tests were identified from the survey. This project, which is not supported through the NHGRI grant, will allow project staff to conduct in-depth interviews with a sample of both adopters and non-adopters to examine their perceptions and attitudes toward the diffusion of innovative genetic technologies. Project staff will explore such questions as: do physicians think genetics advances will be integrated into their medical practice? If not, why? If they think genetic advances will be integrated, are practicing physicians willing to play a role in clinical research to assure the safety and effectiveness of new technologies? What would influence non-adopters, or what has influenced adopters, to adopt new genetic tests?

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $38,732.00

Awarded on: 2/11/1998

Time frame: 2/15/1998 - 2/14/1999

Grant Number: 33717


Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

600 North Wolfe Street
Baltimore, 21287-0005


Neil A. Holtzman
Project Director