“I believe using a data-driven approach is essential to providing excellent care for your patients.”

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I believe using a data-driven approach is essential to providing excellent care for your patients. We have to have proof, and the science works.

We have to have proof that this is going to improve outcomes across the board.

We can’t just throw a test at patients that isn’t going to be applicable or effective in our clinical practice. I’m Karina Guffey. I’m a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, and I practice at Arc of the Ozarks. I order the GeneSight test probably for ninety percent of my patients.

You wanna give your kiddos the best shot, and parents are open to that. They don’t want their children to be guinea pigs. Using data to support your clinical decision making really does help parents understand why you’re choosing the medication. If they have a test in front of them where they can look at each piece and see, hey, these medications look like they would be effective for my kiddo, but these are ones that we have considerations for.

It really helps take the guesswork out. The visualization of being able to see something like that and interpret it, makes a big difference to parents. As a clinician, I do a lot of testing. I can say that GeneSight is the easiest to interpret for me.

It’s very clearly written. I think that the recommendations are easy to interpret and utilize in practice. I think the GeneSight test is invaluable. I think it’s probably the test that has helped the most in my practice. Ordering GeneSight on patients who have had medication failures in the past is essential. If there have been therapies that have been started and the patient either has an adverse reaction or no response, I always suspect that there’s something metabolic happening that we can’t see or understand.

Patients who have gone into a remission after struggling with medications for such a long period of time. It’s one of the best things about what I do for a living.

They cannot believe that they’re better. Their whole life improves.

This story is one clinician’s personal experience. Other experiences may vary.

As with all genetic tests, the GeneSight test results have limitations and do not constitute medical advice. The test results are designed to be just one part of a larger, complete patient assessment, which would include proper diagnosis and consideration of medical history, other medications being taken, family history, and other factors.

If you are a healthcare provider and interested in learning more about the GeneSight test, please contact us at 855.891.9415. If you are a patient, please talk with your doctor to see if the GeneSight test may be helpful.