Computer support for genetic advice in primary care.
Br J Gen Pract | Published : 1999
General practitioners (GPs) are under increasing pressure to advise patients about genetic risk. Secondary care lacks the resources to deal with the increasing number of referrals for genetic counselling, and thus recommendations have been made to develop primary care genetics. But for most GPs, genetics is unfamiliar territory. Computers could help general practice to provide a genetics service by simplifying the construction and assessment of family trees and by implementing management guidelines. No programs have been written specifically for primary care genetics, but a range of software exists for secondary care. This paper discusses the types of program already available and how they r..View full abstract