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Genet Med. 2007 Jul;9(7):451-7.

A model for the development of genetics education programs for health professionals.

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Genetic Health Services Victoria, Parkville, Australia. clara.gaff@ghsv.org.au

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The need for education programs to facilitate the integration of genetics into health practice is well recognized. The inclusion of education as an aspect of genetics policy and the establishment of national bodies for genetics education extend program development beyond ad hoc programs conducted by individual practitioners. A framework for the development of an effective program is required that has a strong theoretic basis and incorporates rigorous evaluation.

METHODS:

Relevant aspects of three theories that can inform genetics education programs are described: program logic modeling, adult learning theory, and evaluation theory. These are drawn on to develop a framework for the development and implementation of genetics education programs for health professionals and concurrent evaluation.

RESULTS:

The utility of the framework is demonstrated in the development and implementation of "The Genetics File" program, a multifaceted program for general practitioners, comprising an enduring print resource and interactive workshop. The evaluation strategy developed is also documented.

CONCLUSIONS:

Program logic, adult learning theory, and evaluation theory together provide a useful and relevant theoretic framework for the development of genetics education programs for health professionals.

PMID:
17666891
DOI:
10.1097GIM.0b013e3180a6eb69
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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