Primary care physicians' utilization and perceptions of genetics services

Susan Hayflick, M (Patrice) Eiff, Leslie Carpenter, Judy Steinberger

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Abstract

Purpose: To document primary care physicians' utilization and perceptions of genetics services. Methods: A randomized survey of physicians in the Pacific Northwest. Results: The greatest factor prompting a genetics referral was the patient's interest in the evaluation, and the most common reason not to obtain a consultation was the perception that it was of no benefit to the patient. Genetics consultation was rarely sought for a family history of cancer or for deafness, polycystic kidney disease, or congenital heart disease. Even when uncertain about relative risk, physicians usually counseled a patient themselves rather than referring to a specialist. Conclusion: Primary care physicians need more education about the genetic component of many diseases to provide directly and to refer appropriately for genetics services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-18
Number of pages6
JournalGenetics in Medicine
Volume1
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 1998

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Genetic Services
Primary Care Physicians
Referral and Consultation
Northwestern United States
Physicians
Polycystic Kidney Diseases
Deafness
Heart Diseases
Education
Neoplasms

Keywords

  • Attitudes
  • Genetics services
  • Perceptions
  • Primary care
  • Utilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Genetics(clinical)

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Primary care physicians' utilization and perceptions of genetics services. / Hayflick, Susan; Eiff, M (Patrice); Carpenter, Leslie; Steinberger, Judy.

In: Genetics in Medicine, Vol. 1, No. 1, 11.1998, p. 13-18.

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