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 genomic testing e-learning module
Genomic testing e-learning module (in partnership with ThinkGP)
- This 1-hour RACGP and ACRRM accredited module aims 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.
Expert video on genomic testing (in partnership with ThinkGP)
- 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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