Clinical Pharmacists' Knowledge of and Attitudes toward Pharmacogenomic Testing in China.

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(1) Background: Uptake of pharmacogenomic testing in routine clinical practices is currently slow in China. Pharmacists might play an important role in leveraging care through applying pharmacogenomics, therefore, it is important to better understand clinical pharmacists' knowledge of and attitudes toward pharmacogenomic testing, which has not been well-studied. (2) Methods: A self-administered survey was developed based on previous knowledge of pharmacogenomic testing and its uptake in China. Participants were recruited through the Committee of Pharmaceutical Affairs Management under the Chinese Hospital Association. (3) Results: A total of 1005 clinical pharmacists completed the questionnaire, among whom 996 (99.10%) had heard of pharmacogenomic testing before participation. More than half of respondents (60.0%, = 597) rated their knowledge of pharmacogenomic testing as "average", while 25% rated it "good" or "excellent". "Guidelines, consensus and treatment paths for disease diagnosis and treatment" (78.7%) were the most preferred sources of information about pharmacogenomic testing. Most respondents (77.0%) believed that pharmacogenomics could "help to improve efficacy and reduce the incidence of adverse reactions". Our participants also believed that patients would benefit most from pharmacogenomic testing through better prediction of individual drug responses and thus informed treatment decisions. The top challenge for the uptake of pharmacogenomic testing was its high cost or lack of insurance coverage (76.7%). (4) Conclusions: Most Chinese clinical pharmacists who participated in our study had a positive attitude toward pharmacogenomic testing, while the knowledge of pharmacogenomic testing was generally self-assessed as average.

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Clinical Pharmacists' Knowledge of and Attitudes toward Pharmacogenomic Testing in China.
Nie X, Jia T, Hu X, Li S, Zhang X, Wu C, Zhang Y, Chen J, Shi L, Lu CY