Calefato, Jean-Marc, Nippert, Irma, Harris, Hilary J, Kristoffersson, Ulf, Schmidtke, Jorg, Ten Kate, Leo P, Anionwu, Elizabeth, Benjamin, Caroline, Challen, Kirsty, Plass, Anne-Marie, Harris, Rodney and Julian-Reynier, Claire (2008) Assessing educational priorities in genetics for general practitioners and specialists in five countries: factor structure of the Genetic-Educational Priorities (Gen-EP) scale. Genetics in Medicine, 10 (2). pp. 99-106. ISSN 1098-3600
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/GIM.0b013e3181614271
PURPOSE: A scale assessing primary care physicians' priorities for genetic education (The Gen-EP scale) was developed and tested in five European countries. The objective of this study was to determine its factor structure, to test scaling assumptions and to determine internal consistency. METHODS: The sample consisted of 3686 practitioners (general practitioners, gyneco-obstetricians, pediatricians) sampled in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and United Kingdom. We first determined the factor structure of the Gen-EP scale (30 items) on the whole sample. Scaling assumptions were then tested on each country using multitrait scaling analysis. Internal consistency was assessed across the five countries. RESULTS: Six factors were identified accounting for 63.3% of the variance of the items. They represented the following priorities for genetic education: "Genetics of Common Diseases"; "Ethical, Legal, and Public Health Issues"; "Approaching Genetic Risk Assessment in Clinical Practice"; "Basic Genetics and Congenital Malformations"; "Techniques and Innovation in Genetics" and "Psychosocial and Counseling Issues." In each country, convergent and discriminant validity were satisfactory. Internal-consistency reliability coefficients (Cronbach's α) were all above the acceptable threshold (0.70). CONCLUSION: The Gen-EP scale could be a helpful instrument in different countries to organize and evaluate the impact of genetic educational programs for primary care providers.
|Uncontrolled Keywords (separate with ;):||Continuing education; Factor analysis; Genetics; Reliability|
|Subjects:||B - Subjects allied to medicine > B700 - Nursing|
|Schools:||Faculty of Health and Wellbeing > School of Nursing|
|Deposited By:||Simone Finley|
|Deposited On:||26 Jun 2013 13:23|
|Last Modified:||09 Aug 2016 15:18|
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