Consent for Use of Genetic Data among US Hispanics/Latinos: Results from the Hispanic Community Health Study/ Study of Latinos

Sara Gonzalez, Garrett Strizich, Carmen R. Isasi, Simin Hua, Betsy Comas, Tamar Sofer, Bharat Thyagarajan, Krista M. Perreira, Gregory A. Talavera, Martha L. Daviglus, Sarah C. Nelson, Aida L. Giachello, Neil Schneiderman, Robert C. Kaplan

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Inclusion of historically underrepresented populations in biomedical research is critical for large precision medicine research initiatives. Among 13,721 Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) enrollees, we used multivariable-adjusted prevalence ratios to describe characteristics associated with participants' willingness to consent to different levels of biospecimen and genetic data analysis and sharing. At baseline (2008-2011), HCHS/SOL participants almost universally consented to the use of biospecimens and genetic data by study investigators and their collaborators (97.6%; 95%CI: 97.1, 98.0). Fewer consented to biospecimen and genetic data sharing with investigators not affiliated with the HCHS/SOL research team (81%, 95%CI: 80, 82) or any data sharing with commercial/for-profit entities (75%, 95%CI: 74, 76). Those refusing to share their data beyond the study investigators group were more often females, Spanish language-speakers and non-US born individuals. As expected, participants who were retained and reconsented at the six-year follow up visit tended to embrace broader data sharing, although this varied by group. Over time, Puerto Ricans and Dominicans were more likely to convert to broader data sharing than individuals of a Mexican background. Our analysis suggests that acculturation and immigration status of specific Hispanic/Latino communities may influence decisions about participation in genomic research projects and biobanks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)547-558
Number of pages12
JournalEthnicity and Disease
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2021

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  • Genetic Research
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • Informed Consent


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