Journal article

Supporting genetics in primary care: investigating how theory can inform professional education

Brenda J Wilson, Rafat Islam, Jill J Francis, Jeremy M Grimshaw, Joanne A Permaul, Judith E Allanson, Sean Blaine, Ian D Graham, Wendy S Meschino, Craig R Ramsay, June C Carroll



Evidence indicates that many barriers exist to the integration of genetic case finding into primary care. We conducted an exploratory study of the determinants of three specific behaviours related to using breast cancer genetics referral guidelines effectively: 'taking a family history', 'making a risk assessment', and 'making a referral decision'. We developed vignettes of primary care consultations with hypothetical patients, representing a wide range of genetic risk for which different referral decisions would be appropriate. We used the Theory of Planned Behavior to develop a survey instrument to capture data on behavioural intention and its predictors (attitude, subjective norm, and per..

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Funding Acknowledgements

JCC holds the Sydney G Frankfort Chair in Family Medicine. JMG holds a Canada Research Chair in Health Knowledge Transfer and Uptake. Heather Howley provided research administrative support. Project funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research Knowledge Translation Strategies grant KTS-62357. The Health Services Research Unit is funded by the Chief Scientist Office of the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates.