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The differing perspectives of workers and occupational medicine physicians on the ethical, legal and social issues of genetic testing in the workplace.
Brandt-Rauf-SI; Brandt-Rauf-E; Gershon-R; Brandt-Rauf-PW
New Solut 2011 Jan; 21(1):89-102
Genetic testing in the workplace holds the promise of improving worker health but also raises ethical, legal, and social issues. In considering such testing, it is critical to understand the perspectives of workers, who are most directly affected by it, and occupational health professionals, who are often directly involved in its implementation. Therefore, a series of focus groups of unionized workers (n=25) and occupational medicine physicians (n=23) was conducted. The results demonstrated strikingly different perspectives of workers and physicians in several key areas, including the goals and appropriateness of genetic testing, and methods to minimize its risks. In general, workers were guided by a profound mistrust of the employer, physician, and government, while physicians were guided primarily by scientific and medical concerns, and, in many cases, by the business concerns distrusted by the workers.
Occupational-medicine; Gene-mutation; Genes; Genetic-factors; Genetics; Diagnostic-techniques; Diagnostic-tests; Regulations; Attitude; Physicians; Psychological-factors; Sociological-factors; Work-environment; Worker-health; Health-care-personnel; Medical-personnel; Medical-screening
Dr. Paul W. Brandt-Rauf, Office of the Dean, UIC School of Public Health, 1603 West Taylor Street, Chicago, IL 60612
Issue of Publication
New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy
University of Illinois at Chicago
Page last reviewed: May 5, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division