6 Genetics in Primary Care

This section of our curriculum guide refers to statement 6, Genetics in Primary Care, produced by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

It has been estimated that at least one in 10 of the patients seen in primary care has a disorder with a genetic component. Genetic knowledge, skills and attitudes are important to general practitioners providing support and management to patients and families with, or at risk of, genetic conditions. Consideration of the family history in, for example, cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and understanding genetic aspects of antenatal and newborn screening, are particularly important. GPs have a key role in identifying patients and families who would benefit from being referred to appropriate specialist genetic services.

Here we have collated key articles from our journals to help you meet the curriculum requirements in this area.

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Genetic information and confidentiality

In the latest in our series on the GMC's new confidentiality guidance, MDU medico-legal...

Crohn's disease - Clinical review

Diagnosing and managing this inflammatory bowel disease.

Blood film of a patient with sickle cell disease, with sickle cells, target cells and signs of hyposplenism (Photograph: Dr Patel)

Sickle cell anaemia

The diagnosis, features and management of sickle cell anaemia, including identifying...

Acute myeloid leukaemia: clinical review

Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) is a clonal malignant disorder characterised by the...

Clinical Review - Prader-Willi syndrome

Prader-Willi syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that causes characteristics such...

Clinical images: Paediatric problems

Dermatitis, alopecia and molluscum contagiosum. By Dr Philip Marazzi

Clinical Review: Bipolar affective disorder

How to diagnose and manage patients in the long term. By psychiatrist Dr Muffazal...

Rare Diseases - Alport syndrome

The key features of this inherited cause of kidney failure are summarised by Dr Raj...

Those at increased risk can be checked through yearly mammograms (Photograph: SPL)

Case Study - Family history

It is important to use routine check ups to ask about a family history. By Dr Zara...

Be wary of using medical jargon when talking to a patient

Discussing genetics with your patients

In the second of our articles on genetic testing in primary care, Professor Peter...

Rigid sickle cells are prone to becoming ledged in the microcirculation

The basics - Sickle cell anaemia

The associated complications can rapidly become serious without timely attention,...

Heelp prick testing can show possible indicators of CF in newborns

Paediatric medicine - Cystic fibrosis

Families benefit from an interested, supportive primary care team working with the...

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