Genomics can enhance the professional role of the general practitioner. A GP can provide ongoing, personalised, coordinated and comprehensive care to patients1 as a custodian of confidential information in an environment of trust, and as a professional assisting the patient to make important decisions for their health.
The translation of molecular medicine into clinical practice has
implications for general practice and personalised medicine.
This article outlines requirements for general practice to make optimal
use of genomics.
Genomics identifies variations in many genes, enhancing knowledge
of gene-gene and gene-environment interactions. Unlike personal
information, genomic information raises issues of privacy, potential
family trauma and discrimination by employers and insurers. To embed
genomics safely and effectively into practice, general practitioners
need information, competencies and support through regulation, policy,
information management, professional decision support, patient self
management, community engagement and educational activities.
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