Nippert, Irmgard, Harris, Hilary J., Julian-Reynier, Claire, Kristoffersson, Ulf, Kate, Leo P., Anionwu, Elizabeth, Benjamin, Caroline, Challen, Kirsty, Schmidtke, Jörg, Nippert, R. Peter and Harris, Rodney (2011) Confidence of primary care physicians in their ability to carry out basic medical genetic tasks—a European survey in five countries—Part 1. Journal of Community Genetics, 2 (1). pp. 1-11. ISSN 1868-310X
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12687-010-0030-0
Western health care systems are facing today increasing movement of genetic knowledge from research labs into clinical practice. This paper reports the results of a survey that addressed the confidence of primary care physicians in their ability to carry out basic medical genetic tasks. The survey was conducted in five countries (France, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden and the UK). Stratified random samples were drawn from primary care physicians in the five countries representing a sampling frame of 139,579 physicians. Stepwise binary logistic regression procedures were performed to identify the predictor variables for self-reported confidence. Three thousand six hundred eighty-six physicians participated and filled out a self-administered questionnaire. The margin of error for accurate representation of each group of European general practitioners and specialists in the total sample is 2.9% for GP, 2.8% for obstetricians/gynaecologists (OB/GYN) and for paediatricians (PAED) 2.6% (95% confidence level). Confidence in their ability to carry out basic medical genetic tasks is low among participating primary care physicians: 44.2% are not confident, 36.5% somewhat confident, confident or very confident are 19.3%. In each country, those confident/very confident represent less than 33% of the participating physicians. Primary care physicians who report the lowest levels of confidence prove to be those least exposed to medical genetics information and training. Although there are significant differences in the way in which professional education is organised and practice is regulated across European countries, there is a need for a coordinated European effort to improve primary care physicians' background in medical genetics.
|Uncontrolled Keywords (separate with ;):||Genetic education; Genetic services; Primary care|
|Subjects:||B - Subjects allied to medicine > B700 - Nursing|
|Schools:||Faculty of Health and Wellbeing > School of Nursing|
|Deposited By:||Simone Finley|
|Deposited On:||02 Jul 2013 13:19|
|Last Modified:||09 Aug 2016 15:18|
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