Resource Allocation in Genomic Medicine

Guest editors: James Buchanan (University of Oxford), Ilias Goranitis (University of Melbourne), Ingrid Slade (University of Oxford; Head of Public Health, Wokingham Borough Council)

The Journal of Community Genetics is planning a special issue for publication in 2021 that will focus on the issues surrounding resource allocation in genomic medicine from a variety of perspectives. Articles should aim to explore and describe best practice in resource allocation in this context and highlight key challenges, particularly those that are generalizable internationally.

With the completion of the Human Genome Project, genome sequencing is now developing on a grand scale, with public and private institutions around the world investing in genomic technologies. Evidence is now emerging that the translation of genomic testing into clinical practice may improve the diagnosis and management of genetic conditions, leading to better health and personal outcomes for individuals and families experiencing cancer or rare disease. However, these technologies are still expensive, and evidence on cost-effectiveness is essential to ensure that scarce healthcare resources are allocated in a way that maximises the benefit to society.

Contributions are invited on, but not restricted to, the following themes:

  • Valuing genomic tests – challenges in the health technology assessment process;
  • Ethical, legal and social issues associated with resource allocation in genomic medicine;
  • The role of patients in resource allocation decision making in genomic medicine;
  • Commissioning genomic services within health systems;
  • Policy issues surrounding the translation of genomic medicine into clinical practice;
  • Resource allocation issues related to genomic testing in primary care and the wider community;
  • Resource allocation issues related to implementing genomic medicine in low- and middle-income countries;
  • Incorporating the wider economic impacts of genome sequencing in resource allocation decisions.

Pre-submission enquiries to the editors are welcome.

The issue will include original research contributions and review articles in relevant areas.

We invite submissions of original research contributions for this issue by 9th April 2021

at: https://www.editorialmanager.com/jocg/

Peer-review will be expedited with a view to publishing this special issue in summer 2021.

Please contact in the first instance:

Guest Editors:     Prof. James Buchanan james.buchanan@dph.ox.ac.uk

                             Ilias Goranitis ilias.goranitis@unimelb.edu.au

Editor in Chief:   Prof. Martina Cornel  mc.cornel@amsterdamumc.nl