Medline ® Abstract for Reference 8
of 'Genetic counseling: Family history interpretation and risk assessment'
Barriers to the provision of genetic services by primary care physicians: a systematic review of the literature.
Suther S, Goodson P
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.
Department of Health&Kinesiology, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843-4243, USA.