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The Lifespan of Genetic Testing

Genetic testing is now more commonplace in clinical medicine owing largely to improvements in sequencing technology. Genetic results enable greater diagnostic certainty with important prognostic and therapeutic implications. Nevertheless, it is important to consider the longitudinal relationship created between the provider, the patient, and his or her family. This relationship can extend long beyond the […]

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Challenges in Ordering and Interpreting Pharmacogenomic Tests in Clinical Practice

More than 160 US Food and Drug Administration–approved medications have information in their labeling regarding genetic mutations known to be associated with efficacy or safety.1 Not surprisingly, pharmacogenomics is increasingly incorporated into clinical practice in an effort to optimize prescribing to improve treatment outcomes.2, 3, 4, 5 Clinical implementation of pharmacogenomics has been facilitated by efforts to standardize pharmacogenomic-related terminology and […]

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Mindfulness-Based Laboratory Reduction: Reducing Utilization Through Trainee-Led Daily ‘Time Outs’

Overuse of laboratory investigations is widely prevalent in hospitalized patients, leads to discomfort, and increases direct and indirect costs. Objective We implemented a simple, inexpensive, mindfulness strategy on our inpatient medical clinical teaching unit to reduce unnecessary laboratory orders through education, a forcing function, and daily structured laboratory “time outs.” Methods On a 26-bed unit […]

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