Survey of Direct to Consumer Lab testing

We invite you to participate in a research study being conducted by investigators from Washington University in St. Louis. You are being asked to participate in this research study if you have used direct-to-consumer laboratory testing and if you are at least 18 years of age. The purpose of the study is to understand what tests consumers order, and what they do with their results.

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We think Direct to consumer (DTC) laboratory testing can be improved. Read our article

If you have had direct to consumer laboratory testing performed, you may be eligible to take this survey and help researchers learn more about how consumers use DTC testing.

Nobody’s going to argue against the need for higher quality, more accurate testing, but some of the suggestions in that article smack of paternalism. If a laboratory offers a test, it should ultimately be up to me, the consumer, to decide if I think it’s useful. Of course, offer standards and certifications, and let insurance companies decide what they will reimburse, but in the end it should be my choice whether I want to buy it or not.

In particular, I disagree with the suggestion that “DTC testing should be limited to a menu of tests with clear clinical value”. Many of us in the QS community are interested in tests before the clinical value can be determined. Let us figure out whether we think the information is useful or not.