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Positive attitude does not automatically lead to increased genetic and genomic literacy
  1. Arja Halkoaho1,
  2. Mari Laaksonen2
  1. 1 Applied Research Center, Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Tampere, Finland
  2. 2 Social Services and Health Care, Tampere University of applied Sciences, Tampere, Finland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Arja Halkoaho, Applied Research Center, Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Tampere, Pirkanmaa, Finland; arja.halkoaho{at}

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Commentary on: Chow KM, Cheng HY, Leung AWY, et al. Genetic/genomic literacy, attitudes and receptivity of nursing students and practising nurses: a cross-sectional online survey. Nurse Educ Today 2023;125:105773. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2023.105773.

Implications for practice and research

  • Ethical competence is one of the key areas of expertise for nurses in the field of genomics.

  • Further development in education is needed to demonstrate better knowledge in genetic/genomic literacy of nurses.

  • Enhancing pedagogical methods and considering study context is crucial for translating a positive attitude towards learning into improved genetic/genomic literacy and competence outcomes.


Genomic data are transforming healthcare, although nursing education, primarily centred on single-gene disorders, is relatively limited in addressing the broader scope of the evolving genomics field. Existing studies highlight nurses’ limited competence in genomic information, primarily assessing knowledge concepts while neglecting ethics.1 Furthermore, …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.