Skip to Content

Publications Search - Abstract View

Title: Beyond odds ratios--communicating disease risk based on genetic profiles.
Authors: Kraft P,  Wacholder S,  Cornelis MC,  Hu FB,  Hayes RB,  Thomas G,  Hoover R,  Hunter DJ,  Chanock S
Journal: Nat Rev Genet
Date: 2009 Apr
Branches: BB, EBP, CGR
PubMed ID: 19238176
PMC ID: not available
Abstract: The brisk discovery of novel inherited disease markers by genome-wide association (GWA) studies has raised expectations for predicting disease risk by analysing multiple common alleles. However, the statistics used during the discovery phase of research (such as odds ratios or p values for association) are not the most appropriate measures for evaluating the predictive value of genetic profiles. We argue that other measures--such as sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values--are more useful when proposing a genetic profile for risk prediction.