Challen, Kirsty, Harris, Hilary, Kristoffersson, Ulf, Nippert, Irmgard, Schmidtke, Joerg, Kate, Leo P., Benjamin, Caroline, Anionwu, Elizabeth, Plass, Anne-Marie, Julian-Reynier, Claire and Harris, Rodney (2010) General practitioner management of genetic aspects of a cardiac disease: a scenario-based study to anticipate providers’ practices. Journal of Community Genetics, 1 (2). pp. 83-90. ISSN 1868-310X
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12687-010-0013-1
It is increasingly recognised that genetics will have to be integrated into all parts of primary health care. Previous research has demonstrated that involvement and confidence in genetics varies amongst primary care providers. We aimed to analyse perceptions of primary care providers regarding responsibility for genetic tasks and factors affecting those perceptions. Postal questionnaire including a hypothetical case management scenario of a cardiac condition with a genetic component was sent to random samples of medically qualified general practitioners in France, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden and UK (n=1,168). Logistic regression analysis of factors affecting primary care practitioners' willingness to carry out genetic tasks themselves was conducted; 61% would take a family history themselves but only 38% would explain an inheritance pattern and 16% would order a genetic test. In multivariate analysis, only the country of practice was consistently predictive of willingness to carry out genetic tasks, although male gender predicted willingness to carry out the majority of tasks studied. The stage of career at which education in genetics had been provided was not predictive of willingness to carry out any of the tasks analysed. Country of practice is significantly predictive of attitudes towards genetics in primary care practice and therefore genetic education structure and content in Europe will need to be significantly tailored towards country-specific approaches.
|Uncontrolled Keywords (separate with ;):||Education; Genetics; 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 13:12|
|Last Modified:||09 Aug 2016 15:18|
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