Dr. Hristina Petkova 'The response by health care systems to "niched" genetic testing: well- or ill-equipped or ‘fuzzy’ '
SpeakersDr Hristina Petkova, Research Assistant, WHO Project on Better Practice Palliative Care, King's College London
VenueUniversity of Exeter,Egenis,Byrne House,St Germans Road,Exeter, EX4 4PJRoom no: GF7, Byrne House
Time: 3:30 - 5:00 PM
Innovation in genetics receives great public and political attention. In order for biomedical developments to fulfil the goals that make them so attractive - improvement in health, better quality of life - they need to travel from the laboratory to the individual patient and to routine clinical practice. How this occurs is the focus of this paper. It presents findings from analysis of the diffusion of diabetes genetic testing via two very different health care structures, the UK National Health Service and the German Statutory Insurance system. Each system provides its own mechanism(s) for adoption of innovation. Some elements may hinder, and some accelerate mainstream uptake of “niched” innovation. For example, underlying institutional forces of each health care system, such as central management in the