The Pharmacogenetics Project

Through participatory research workshops, ethnographic probes and online forms done with physicians and pharmacists, this project identifies the clinicians' attitudes and perspectives towards emerging digital technologies like pharmacogenetics (PGx).

Role

Research Assistant at the Health Design Lab

Team

Allison Chan - Research Assistant

Andrew Siu - Strategic Advisor

Haig Armen - Faculty

Timeline

October 2019 - June 2020

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Objectives

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Identify the clinician’s perspective, knowledge
and attitude of PGx

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Formulate a method to measure the shift in physician’s perspective

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Create tools that can be used later to facilitate further investigations

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Plans to host in- person workshops were set in place from the get-go. However, the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt in the schedule, as the province of BC was instructed to practice social distancing. In order to carry out the research, the team took the necessary measures to adapt to the situation.

Secondary Research

To start off our research, we looked into existing research material. The list of resources comprises mostly of academic studies. Using the information we gathered from these sources, we created maps that reflected our understanding.

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Co-design Workshop with GenomeBC

The team lead a co-design session with six participants from Genome BC at their offices on Friday, January 17th, 2020. The goal of the session was to help us get a better understanding of what we want to learn from the workshop that we will be having with physicians and pharmacists in February.