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Community Genet. 2008;11(6):352-8. doi: 10.1159/000133307. Epub 2008 Aug 5.

Family physicians' beliefs about genetic contributions to racial/ethnic and gender differences in health and clinical decision-making.

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  • 1Social and Behavioral Research Branch, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892-0249, USA.

Abstract

Greater attention towards genetics as a contributor to group health differences may lead to inappropriate use of race/ethnicity and gender as genetic heuristics and exacerbate health disparities. As part of a web-based survey, 1,035 family physicians (FPs) rated the contribution of genetics and environment to racial/ethnic and gender differences in health outcomes, and the importance of race/ethnicity and gender in their clinical decision-making. FPs attributed racial/ethnic and gender differences in health outcomes equally to environment and genetics. These beliefs were not associated with rated importance of race/ethnicity or gender in clinical decision-making. FPs appreciate the complexity of genetic and environmental influences on health differences by race/ethnicity and gender.

Copyright 2008 S. Karger AG, Basel.

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PMC3399248
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