Developing a curriculum statement based on clinical practice: Genetics in Primary Care

Sarah Burke, M Martyn, A Stone, C Bennett, Hywel Thomas, Peter Farndon

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BACKGROUND: Advances in medical genetics are increasingly being incorporated into clinical management outside specialist genetic services. This study was therefore undertaken to develop learning outcomes in genetics for general practice specialty training, using methods to ensure the knowledge, skills, and attitudes relevant to genetics in primary care were identified. AIM: To identify key knowledge, skills, and attitudes in genetics and to synthesise these into learning outcomes to assist training in genetics for primary care. DESIGN OF STUDY: Delphi survey and review by expert group. SETTING: Primary care practices and Regional Genetics Centre in the West Midlands region of the UK. METHOD: A modified Delphi survey involved GP trainers, programme directors, and geneticists (n = 60). The results, along with results from a survey of GP registrars, were reviewed by an expert group, which included GPs, geneticists, and educationalists. RESULTS: Core genetics topics for GPs were identified, prioritised, and developed into competency statements in the style of the curriculum structure of the Royal College of General Practitioners. CONCLUSION: The development of the GP curriculum statement Genetics in Primary Care was based on a study of educational needs, incorporating the views of practitioners (GP trainers, programme directors, and registrars) and specialists (clinical geneticists). This inclusive approach has enabled the identification of learning outcomes which directly reflect clinical practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-103
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Journal of General Practice
Issue number559
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2009


  • genetics
  • family practice
  • curriculum


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