(BPT) - In the U.S., people want to improve their health, but many don't know how. According to data from two national surveys designed by leading human genetics company 23andMe, 55% of people in the U.S. don't feel healthy and 63% don't feel in control of their health.*
Patients who want help addressing their medical concerns and improving their health often turn to their primary care physicians (PCPs) for support. However, while many people trust their doctors, they also feel there's a gap in the care they want and receive.
When it comes to health care, people want more personalized care rather than a one-size-fits-all treatment. Every person has different needs and requires tailored prevention plans that address their specific health concerns. One way to foster a more personalized approach and bridge this existing gap: Genetics.
The role of genetics in personalized care
The survey data showed that 62% of patients want tailored care advice, but only 36% say that's what they're getting. Creating a personal care plan can be difficult for health care professionals without a complete picture of an individual's health. While you may tell your PCPs about your lifestyle choices and share past family and personal medical history, you can't know all your future health risks. That's where genetic testing can help.
On at least a weekly basis, many health care professionals encounter a clinical case where genetics plays a significant role, according to the survey findings. The data, which also captured physicians' attitudes on DNA testing, found 62% of doctors felt that genetic testing could help them provide more individualized care plans. More than half feel using it could lead to better patient outcomes.
Patients agree. According to a survey of people's attitudes on the role of genetic testing in tailored care plans, 75% of people in the U.S. said they'd be more likely to follow a doctor's advice if they knew their genetic profile was used to personalize their care.
Bridging the gap
Health care professionals can develop targeted treatment and prevention plans for their patients by leveraging an individual's DNA, medical history and lifestyle. According to 23andMe, most customers found they had an increased risk for at least one disease or health condition. Knowing this information is empowering, as a 2019 Health customer survey conducted by 23andMe found more than 3 out of 4 customers took a healthier action after receiving their reports.**
Because of genetic data, patients and doctors are more equipped than ever to realize the promise of health care that is tailored specifically to the individual. To learn more about how DNA testing can help build a healthier future together through genetics-based personalized care, visit 23andMe.com.
*Based on 2022 surveys, designed by 23andMe, Medscape and Material Holdings LLC, of approximately 1,000 doctors and approximately 1,500 patients.
**Based on a 2019 survey, designed by 23andMe and M/A/R/C Research, of approximately 1,000 23andMe Health + Ancestry customers.