Access to genomic testing is expanding through specialist services, research studies and online DNA (also known as direct-to-consumer) testing. GPs are increasingly expected to understand and communicate genomic information, and support patients undergoing genomic testing.
GPs have essential roles in:
- Identifying and referring patients with, or at risk of, genetic conditions
- Managing, supporting and providing continuity of care for patients (and their families) with genetic conditions
- Communicating genetic information to patients and their family or carers
KCCG is developing resources to support GPs in learning more about genomics and applying this knowledge to their practice.
This online resource covers foundations of genetics such as variant types and inheritance patterns. An optional primer for the 'Navigating genomic testing in primary care' e-learning module.
Navigating genomic testing in primary care (2018-19)
This 1.5-hour RACGP and ACRRM accredited module aimed to increase knowledge on genomic testing and help GPs to support their patients through the genomic testing process. Topics include uses and limitations of genomic testing, understanding genomic reports/correspondences, and explaining genomic information to patients.
Effective use of genomic testing in primary care (2018-19)
Clinical geneticist Lisa Ewans and genetic counsellor Mary-Anne Young discuss important issues for GPs around genomic testing including utility, uncertain results, implications for family members, privacy of data and genetic information.
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