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J Community Genet. 2017 Apr;8(2):147-150. doi: 10.1007/s12687-017-0296-6. Epub 2017 Mar 13.

Implementing genetic education in primary care: the Gen-Equip programme.

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1
I3S Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde, Universidade do Porto, Porto, Portugal.
2
IBMC-nstitute for Molecular and Cell Biology, UnIGENe and Centre for Predictive and Preventive Genetics (CGPP), Universidade do Porto, Porto, Portugal.
3
Department of Clinical Genetics, Section Community Genetics, EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
4
Palacky University-University Hospital Olomouc, Olomouc, Czech Republic.
5
Charles University-University Hospital Motol, Prague, Czech Republic.
6
School for Public Health and Primary Care, Department of Family Medicine, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands.
7
Faculty of Health and Human Sciences, Plymouth University, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, UK.
8
Genetic Alliance UK, London, UK.
9
Landspitali University Hospital, Reykjavik, Iceland.
10
Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences, Unit of Medical Genetics, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy.
11
Faculty of Health and Human Sciences, Plymouth University, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, UK. Heather.skirton@plymouth.ac.uk.

Abstract

Genetics and genomics are increasingly relevant to primary healthcare but training is unavailable to many practitioners. Education that can be accessed by practitioners without cost or travel is essential. The Gen-Equip project was formed to provide effective education in genetics for primary healthcare in Europe and so improve patient care. Partners include patient representatives and specialists in genetics and primary care from six countries. Here, we report the progress and challenges involved in creating a European online educational program in genetics.

KEYWORDS:

Family medicine; General practitioner; Genetics; Online education; Primary care; Professional education

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