Public Attitudes About Genetics, Genomics and Health Care
The incidence of complex diseases with significant co-morbidity is high among several urban population groups in Southeastern Wisconsin. Essential to reversing these trends is the understanding of the influence of genetics, genomics, family history and behavior on health and disease. Literature suggests that multiple factors -- most notably the legacy of "questionable research practices" -- have challenged the trust of many individuals and groups in "medical research". However, few efforts have been undertaken to identify, assess and evaluate the impact of these factors on the engagement in genetic and genomic research. This study specifically aims to (1) evaluate knowledge and attitudes of population diverse population groups toward genetics and genomics research designed to improve health and achieve health equity; and (2) identify facilitators and barriers to engagement genetic and genomics research designed to improve health and achieve health equity.