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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Genetics in Medicine|
|State||Published - Nov 1 1998|
- Genetics services
- Primary care
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