Pharmacogenomics in the nursing literature: An integrative review

Mitchell R. Knisely, Janet S. Carpenter, Diane Von Ah

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Background: Pharmacogenomics is a rapidly growing component of personalized health care, and nurses must be competent to deliver genomic-focused nursing care. Methods: We conducted an integrative review of pharmacogenomics in the nursing literature. A comprehensive search of the nursing literature was conducted using the key words pharmacogenomics and pharmacogenetics. A total of 47 unique articles were included. Results: Articles represented mainly narrative reviews, with limited discussions of the implications for nursing practice, education, or research. As such, they provide limited direction for advancing either clinical practice or scientific inquiry. Conclusions: This review serves as a call to action for more systematic and empirical publications addressing pharmacogenomics in nursing practice, education, and research. Nurses must be involved in and contribute to interdisciplinary conversations and burgeoning clinical practice initiatives related to pharmacogenomics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)285-296
Number of pages12
JournalNursing Outlook
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2014


  • Nursing implications
  • Personalized health care
  • Pharmacogenetics
  • Pharmacogenomics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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