Navigating genomic testing in primary care
Currently, at least one in ten patients visiting their GP is estimated to have a condition with a genetic component and approximately 60% of people will be affected by a condition with a genetic component during their lifetime.
Genomic testing (testing of many different genes in an individual at once to identify any genetic issues that could cause disease) is rapidly becoming utilised in primary care, due to new testing methods being developed and becoming more accessible. While GPs and hospitals mainly refer patients to genomic testing when potential for risk is identified, online and other consumer-facing testing services have hit the market in recent years touting the ability to learn more about one’s health, genetic conditions and the like.
This module seeks to educate GPs and others working in the primary care space about how genomic testing can improve patient outcomes, the appropriate referral pathways, issues surrounding notifying family when genomic testing reveals a hereditary condition, and legal matters such as privacy and impact on insurance.
By completing this learning activity, participants will be able to:
- Recognise the relevance and applications of genomic testing in primary care, and the role of the GP.
- Explain the uses and limitations of genomic testing, and the ethical, legal and social issues related to genomic testing.
- Understand genomic reports and related correspondence in order to provide patients with the information they need.
- Identify resources for patients undergoing genomic testing and patients with genetic conditions.
This activity is supported by the Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics, Garvan Institute of Medical Research.
This education is accredited with the RACGP, and you will be automatically awarded 3 points when you complete the 2 components listed below.
This education is designed to take 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete. It does not need to be completed in one sitting. You can stop at any time, and progress will be saved.
If you need any assistance or have any feedback about this education, please contact our helpdesk at thinkgpreedexhibitions.com.au.
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