Journal article

New developments in genetics - knowledge, attitudes and information needs of practice nurses

C Bankhead, J Emery, N Qureshi, H Campbell, J Austoker, E Watson

FAMILY PRACTICE | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2001

Abstract

BACKGROUND: In response to increased referrals to geneticists and the predicted patient demand for genetic counselling, it has been proposed that some genetics services should be provided in primary care. Practice nurses are ideally placed to collect family history information and advise patients accordingly in new patient, family planning, well women/men and chronic disease clinics, but little is known about their knowledge, skills and attitudes towards providing genetic advice. OBJECTIVES: The survey aimed to measure the current situation with regard to: the prevalence of family history recording by practice nurses; confidence in collecting and acting upon family history; and practice nurs..

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