FAMILY PHYSICIANS’ MANAGEMENT OF GENETIC ASPECTS OF A CARDIAC DISEASE: A SCENARIO-BASED STUDY FROM SLOVENIA
Klemenc-Ketiš Z, Peterlin B
*Corresponding Author: Assistant Professor Zalika Klemenc-Ketiš, M.D., Ph.D., Medical Faculty Maribor, Taborska 8, 2000 Maribor, Slovenia. Tel.: +386-41-516-067. Fax: +386-590-30-250. E-mail: zalika.klemenc.ketis@gmail.com
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CONCLUSIONS

Family physicians in Slovenia seem to be willing to include genetic tasks into routine management of their patients but they do not feel competent enough to interpret the genetic risks and the results of genetic testing. However, a great percentage of FPs would not refer patients at risk to genetic counseling. Family physicians are aware of their duty of providing information in order to prevent harm but a great many of them would choose not to respect their patients’ wishes regarding confidentiality issues. Family physicians are in need of additional information on their role in genetic management of patients and clear guidelines on ethical issues. Further studies should be directed to the assessment of genetic knowledge in FPs, on the assessment of inpractice management of their patients in terms of genetic medicine and on deeper exploration of FPs’ attitudes towards ethical issues associated with genetic medicine.



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