Barriers to the provision of genetic services by primary care physicians: a systematic review of the literature. Academic Article uri icon


  • PURPOSE: The purpose of this literature review is to report primary care physicians' perceived barriers concerning the provision of genetic services. METHODS: Sixty-eight papers were identified in six electronic databases. Only publications classified as empirical studies (N = 18) were included in this review. RESULTS: Barriers identified most frequently in reviewed studies were inadequate knowledge of basic genetics, lack of detailed or updated family histories, lack of confidence, and lack of referral guidelines. CONCLUSION: Although many primary care physicians perceive genetics as a low practice priority, they do report a need for educational programs in genetics, informational resources, and referral guidelines.

published proceedings

  • Genet Med

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Suther, S., & Goodson, P.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • Suther, Sandy||Goodson, Patricia

publication date

  • March 2003