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Salud Pública de México

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OLIVA-SANCHEZ, Pablo Francisco et al. Genomic medicine in public health policies: a perspective of Mexican biomedical researchers. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2013, vol.55, n.1, pp.16-25. ISSN 0036-3634.

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to explore the researcher's perspectives on genomic medicine (GM) and its consequences in the decision-making process regarding the health policy in Mexico. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An exploratory qualitative research was conducted (semi-structured questionnaire). The study was conducted during the II National Congress of GM (25 - 27th October 2006). RESULTS: We identified four categories amongst the researcher's perspectives regarding the applicability of GM and the political feasibility of the genomics research. Some researchers believe that the 3P's of GM (Predictive, Personalized, Preventive) have generated "inflated expectations" on the real impact on public health (PH). Opinions were divided among those who believed that GM is the new 'paradigm' of PH and those who thought that GM is part of a set of tools for PH. CONCLUSION: To improve the health conditions of the Mexican population, GM must be part in the solution of the PH problems, but we need a realistic view.

Keywords : genomics; public health; health public policy.

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