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Studies validate use of family health history as gold standard in disease risk assessment
Date:11/5/2010

d 47 patient referrals for risk assessment and possible genetic testing that, according to Scheuner, "very likely would not have been made without this comprehensive genetics education program."

"Our early experience with this education program shows that we have successfully changed the behaviors of our primary care clinicians at the VA in Los Angeles," Scheuner said. "Our research results suggest that the educational components implemented in this program have helped improve family health history documentation and implementation on the part of clinicians, which likely played in a large role in contributing to the subsequential increase that we saw in the number of patients who were referred to the VA GLA genetics consultation service for risk assessment and/or genetic testing."

However, she noted that evaluation of the genetics education program is still ongoing. "We are planning to conduct interviews with the clinicians enrolled in this study to get feedback about the individual components of the program, and obtain a follow-up assessment of the clinicians' knowledge and attitudes about genetics, family history documentation, and risk assessment," said Scheuner. "If we demonstrate continued success, this program may serve as a model for improving genetic risk assessment of other health conditions, and with appropriate modifications, it could also potentially be applied in other health care settings as well."


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Contact: Kristen Long
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301-634-7346
American Society of Human Genetics
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