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Genetic medicine: an experiment in community-expert interaction.

Schibeci, R., Barns, I., Shaw, R. and Davison, A. (1999) Genetic medicine: an experiment in community-expert interaction. Journal of Medical Ethics, 25 (4). pp. 335-339.

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Abstract

This project tested a two-way model of communication between lay groups and experts about genetic medicine in Perth, Western Australia. Focus group discussion with community group participants was followed by a communication workshop between community group participants and experts. Four groups of concerns or themes emerged from discussion: clinical considerations; legislative concerns; research priorities, and ethical and wider considerations. Community group concerns are not always met by the actions of "experts". This is, in part, because of the differing life-worlds of each group. However, the communication workshop showed the potential of two-way communication for both lay and expert members in understanding the others' viewpoint. Further, the approach developed here offers one possible way for community groups to participate in a substantial way in policy formulation processes.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Education
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/6443
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