Journal article

Lay understanding of familial risk of common chronic diseases: A systematic review and synthesis of qualitative research

FM Walter, J Emery, D Braithwaite, TM Marteau

ANNALS OF FAMILY MEDICINE | ANNALS FAMILY MEDICINE | Published : 2004

Abstract

PURPOSE: Although the family history is increasingly used for genetic risk assessment of common chronic diseases in primary care, evidence suggests that lay understanding about inheritance may conflict with medical models. This study systematically reviewed and synthesized the qualitative literature exploring understanding about familial risk held by persons with a family history of cancer, coronary artery disease, and diabetes mellitus. METHODS: Twenty-two qualitative articles were found after a comprehensive literature search and were critically appraised; 11 were included. A meta-ethnographic approach was used to translate the studies across each other, synthesize the translation, and exp..

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