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Genetic Education of Primary Care Health Professionals in Britain

  1. Maggie Kirk,
  2. Emma Tonkin

Published Online: 15 DEC 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005874.pub2



How to Cite

Kirk, M. and Tonkin, E. 2008. Genetic Education of Primary Care Health Professionals in Britain. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. University of Glamorgan, NHS National Genetics Education and Development Centre, Pontypridd, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 DEC 2008

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The drive to ensure that primary care health professionals in Britain receive appropriate genetics education has made substantial progress in recent years. The strategic initiatives that have emerged from a strong policy foundation are leading developments in education and raising awareness about the role of genetics in primary care. Although significant challenges remain, there is evidence of an evolution from justification of the place of genetics in mainstream healthcare and education, to an articulation of what genetics should be taught, and, more latterly, to a consideration of strategies in ensuring that genetics can be fully integrated into practice.


  • genetics education;
  • primary care;
  • genetics;
  • professional development;
  • genetic competence