Genetic Services and the Primary Care Provider

Take an active and appropriate role in the provision of genetic services to primary care patients.

: 1 hr

After completing this activity participants will be able to:

  • Use the personal and family history to recognize candidates for genetic services

  • Select appropriate management strategies for patients with significant family histories

  • Identify genetic testing situations that require genetic counseling and informed consent

  • Describe the basic goals of genetic counseling

  • Identify clinical genetics resources

Professional Practice GapsIn an effort to define what healthcare providers need to know about medical genetics, several organizations developed core competencies (NCHPEG, 2000; ASHG, 2001). However, because clinical genetics is a relatively young and evolving field of medicine, many practitioners received insufficient formal genetics education. As a result, they express a lack of confidence in their clinical genetics knowledge and a lack of confidence in their ability to provide genetic counseling. References
Association of Professors of Human and Medical Genetics, American Society of Human Genetics. Medical school core curriculum in genetics. ASHG Website. December 2001. Available at: Accessed on: 2004-06-15.
Core competencies in genetics essential for all health-care professionals. National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics. 2000. Available at: Accessed on: 2004-09-21.