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Human Genome News, July 1992; 4(2)

OTA Surveys Genetic Screening in the Workplace

Medical Monitoring and Screening in the Workplace: Results of a Survey (1991), an 84-page background paper from the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), draws upon the results of a 1989 survey about corporate practices and policies in medical and genetic monitoring and screening. The survey gathered information from chief health and personnel officers of 1500 U.S. companies, the 50 largest utilities, and the 33 largest labor unions.

Topics included applicants' health-insurance risk as a factor in hiring, periodic testing of employees who work in settings with known health risks, types and cost-effectiveness of examinations, accessibility to test findings, and employee rights in relation to genetic screening.

This paper focuses on data not presented in the 1990 OTA paper Genetic Monitoring and Screening in the Workplace, which was also compiled from the 1989 survey. OTA emphasizes that the survey does not address the question of whether genetic monitoring and screening are currently being used to determine eligibility for health insurance. $4.50. (Noncongressional users: Superintendent of Documents; U.S. Government Printing Office; Washington, DC 20402-9325; 202/783-3238. Congressional users: call 4-9241.)

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