Knowledge and Attitude towards Genetic testing among public selected setting in Ethiope east local government area (LGA)
Objective: This study determined the knowledge and attitude towards genetic testing among public selected setting in Ethiope East Local Government Area (LGA)
Methods: This study was carried out in Abraka, Ethiope East, Local Government Area (LGA), Delta State using a cross-sectional study design.
Results: This study found out that 80.3% of the study participants were aware of genetic testing, 90.9% of the study participants agreed that it is possible for early detection of certain disorders using genetic testing, 55.4% of the study participants think the genetic testing can cause any physical risk, and genetic testing is a reliable tool in diagnosing and predicting diseases. Attitudes were mixed regarding the consequences of testing. 55.3% participants agreed that deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) test will change the future, and 51.4% study participants worry about the consequences of DNA testing for the chances of finding a job.
Conclusion: This study found out there was a significant relationship between the age and the knowledge of participants (p>0.05). There was also a significant difference between knowledge and attitude of participants (p>0.05). There was also a significant difference between knowledge and attitude of participants (p>0.05). It is recommended that future studies should explore the relationship between genetic knowledge with associated factors like gender.
Keywords: Genetic testing, Knowledge, Deoxyribonucleic acid, Ribonucleic acid