Yonsei Med J.  2020 Feb;61(2):192-197. 10.3349/ymj.2020.61.2.192.

Views on Precision Medicine among Health Professionals in Korea: A Mixed Methods Study

Affiliations
  • 1Graduate School of Cancer Science and Policy, National Cancer Center, Goyang, Korea. kschoi@ncc.re.kr
  • 2Department of Digital Health, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Center for Lung Cancer, Research Institute and Hospital, National Cancer Center, Goyang, Korea.
  • 4National Cancer Control Institute, National Cancer Center, Goyang, Korea.
  • 5Center for Clinical Epidemiology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 6Center for Diagnostic Oncology, Research Institute and Hospital, National Cancer Center, Goyang, Korea.
  • 7Center for Breast Cancer, Research Institute and Hospital, National Cancer Center, Goyang, Korea. eslee@ncc.re.kr

Abstract

This study aimed to investigate awareness, attitudes, and perspectives on precision medicine among health professionals in Korea and to identify issues that need to be addressed before implementing precision medicine. Mixed methods research was applied. For qualitative research, a semi-structured focus group interview was conducted with six health professionals. For quantitative research, a self-reported survey was administered. A total of 542 health professionals participated in the survey, and 526 completed the entire questionnaire. Health professionals showed positive attitudes toward precision medicine. About 95-96% of respondents agreed that precision medicine will be effective in treatment and precise diagnosis, and 69.9% reported that they would participate as study subjects. Meanwhile, they expressed concerns regarding educating patients and health professionals in precision medicine and developing research and data sharing infrastructure. Also, they emphasized the importance of developing precision medicine in an equitable way. Despite varying levels of awareness of precision medicine, the health professionals expressed a willingness to engage in precision medicine research, and recommended that health professionals work closely with policymakers to design precision medicine in a way that can be effectively adopted. Health professionals showed had a positive, but cautious, attitude toward precision medicine. The results of this study suggest areas to be addressed before ushering in precision medicine in Korea.

Keyword

Precision medicine; mixed method; awareness; attitude; neoplasms

MeSH Terms

Diagnosis
Focus Groups
Health Occupations*
Humans
Information Dissemination
Korea*
Methods*
Precision Medicine*
Qualitative Research
Surveys and Questionnaires
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