The ever changing pace of healthcare genetics is staggering. New tests are being rapidly introduced and adopted into clinical practice and are changing how medicine is practiced. This influx of availability of a wider array of genetic tests has been accompanied by a more widespread marketing campaign from testing labs. Like never before, patients and healthcare providers are being bombarded with aggressive promotion, pressuring them to adopt new technologies before there are practice guidelines to provide guidance or evidence to support their use. Genetic Support Foundation (GSF) strives to be a resource about genetics and health that you can trust for up-to-date, evidenced-based information without industry bias.
We have created a set of tools to help you easily and efficiently stay up to-date with the newest developments in genetic testing so that you can spend more of your time on what is important: your patients.
The Washington State Department of Health, in partnership with GSF, has produced a series of seven educational videos regarding prenatal genetic testing. These videos and their accompanying handouts are currently available in both Spanish and English.
GSF periodically prepares summaries of professional guidelines and policy statements on a variety of timely genetic issues. This compilation can save you time and resources and help you quickly find the answers you are looking for.
GSF provides a collection of useful links to calculators to help you navigate statistics relating to genetics and inherited conditions. We currently feature a calculator that allows you to estimate the Positive Predictive Value (PPV) and Negative Predictive Value (NPV) of cell-free DNA (cfDNA).
"This is such an exciting time in "personalized medicine" - there is a vast amount of genetic information potentially available to each of us. At best, the information can inform individual and familial decisions, reduce disease risk, and empower healthcare consumers. But as with any burgeoning field, there are significant potential risks. You want objective, non-profit driven experts to partner with throughout the process. Genetic Support Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization, is a trusted leader in the field offering objective and up-to-date genetic services."
-- Cobie S. Whitten, PhD., Olympia, Washington