What Comes After a Health-related DNA Result?
February 23, 2023
The All of Us Research Program hit a major milestone late last year. We began providing personalized, health-related DNA results to participants. In 2023, we plan to share DNA results to tens of thousands of participants who told us they want them. Today’s update will help you understand what you can do with your DNA results if you decide to receive them.
What can you do when your health-related DNA results are ready?
- You can speak with an All of Us genetic counselor. Genetic counselors can answer questions about your Hereditary Disease Risk and Medicine and Your DNA reports. These appointments are free, over the phone, and confidential. You can speak to a genetic counselor about your DNA results as often as you need. Our All of Us genetic counselors speak English and Spanish. Interpretation is also available in more than 200 languages.
- You can share your results with a doctor or health care provider. Your doctor can help you understand what your results mean for your health care. They may recommend a clinical DNA test to confirm your results. A clinical DNA test is needed to help your doctor make decisions about your health care. They could also add your results to your electronic health record.
- You can talk to your family members about your results. Because you have DNA in common with many of your blood relatives, they may have the same results as you. Sharing your results with your family can help them decide if they should learn about their DNA. Your loved ones can also join you during your genetic counseling appointment to discuss your results.
Looking back and looking ahead
So far, we have invited almost 32,000 participants to tell us if they want their health-related DNA reports. We started with participants who first provided a sample. Depending on when you provided a sample, it may be several more months before we contact you. Thank you for your patience as we work to provide health-related DNA results responsibly.
Are you eligible? Check our website to see the steps you can take to become eligible to receive DNA results from All of Us. If you’re missing any steps, log in to your account to complete them.
2022 was a big year for All of Us. But we still have work to do. With your help, we look forward to achieving more in 2023. Together, we’re excited to celebrate 5 years of All of Us, return even more DNA results, and continue to improve health research.
Your partner in research,
The All of Us Research Program
- Did you see our December update? Read more about how the first health-related DNA results were returned.
- Curious about what a genetic counselor is? Find out more.