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Medline ® Abstract for Reference 8

of 'Genetic counseling: Family history interpretation and risk assessment'

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Barriers to the provision of genetic services by primary care physicians: a systematic review of the literature.
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Suther S, Goodson P
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Genet Med. 2003;5(2):70.
 
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.
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Department of Health&Kinesiology, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843-4243, USA.
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