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Genet Med. 2003 Mar-Apr;5(2):70-6.

Barriers to the provision of genetic services by primary care physicians: a systematic review of the literature.

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  • 1Department of Health & Kinesiology, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843-4243, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this literature review is to report primary care physicians' perceived barriers concerning the provision of genetic services.

METHODS:

Sixty-eight papers were identified in six electronic databases. Only publications classified as empirical studies (N = 18) were included in this review.

RESULTS:

Barriers identified most frequently in reviewed studies were inadequate knowledge of basic genetics, lack of detailed or updated family histories, lack of confidence, and lack of referral guidelines.

CONCLUSION:

Although many primary care physicians perceive genetics as a low practice priority, they do report a need for educational programs in genetics, informational resources, and referral guidelines.

PMID:
12644775
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