Drug Therapy Gets Personal with Genetic Profiling

Pharmacogenetics Holds Great Promise for Improving Prescribing Practices and Avoiding Adverse Effects

Dana Bartlett, MSN, RN


Am Nurs Journal. 2011;6(5):23-28. 

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Nursing Implications

As our knowledge of the interplay between genetics and drug response grows, nurses will need to be familiar with this information. The Consensus Panel on Genetic/Genomic Nursing Competencies recommended in its 2006 monograph that all nurses should understand the relationship of genetics to treatment selection and monitoring of treatment effectiveness, and should be able to identify patients who may benefit from genetic or genomic assessment. This means nurses will need to learn which patients may benefit from genetic testing. (See What to teach patients about genetic tests)