Background The translation of molecular medicine into clinical practice has
implications for general practice and personalised medicine.
Objective This article outlines requirements for general practice to make optimal
use of genomics.
Discussion 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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