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Table 5 Acceptability of providing genetic tests without face-to-face medical supervision.

From: Survey of European clinical geneticists on awareness, experiences and attitudes towards direct-to-consumer genetic testing

Scenario/Type of test Totally unacceptable Slightly unacceptable Neutral Slightly acceptable Totally acceptable
A presymptomatic test that can predict if an asymptomatic person has a very high probability (98-100% penetrance) of developing a condition 87%
(103/119)
3%
(4/119)
3%
(4/119)
3%
(3/119)
4%
(5/119)
A predictive test for a condition that has a penetrance of 50% to 60% 86%
(100/118)
7%
(8/118)
3%
(3/118)
4%
(5/118)
2%
(2/118)
A predictive test for a condition that increases or decreases a person's risk of developing this disease by 4% when compared to the general population (that is, relative risk of 1.04 and lifetime risk of 1.4%) 47%
(55/119)
25%
(30/119)
18%
(21/119)
7%
(8/119)
4%
(5/119)
A carrier test for homozygous monogenic disorders 60%
(71/119)
19%
(23/119)
5%
(6/119)
6%
(7/119)
10%
(12/119)
  1. Physicians were asked to consider 'For the following situations, let us know if you think it is acceptable to provide genetic tests without face-to-face medical supervision by choosing the number (option) that best corresponds to your opinion'.