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Journal of Community Medicine & Health Education

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Knowledge and Practice Regarding Hereditary Cancer Syndromes among Family Physicians

De Nagy J1,2, Rycroft R3, Ku L4, Axell L4 and Lowery JT5,6*
1General Preventive Medicine Residency,, Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado, USA
2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Jacobs School of Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA
3Colorado Central Cancer Registry, Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment, USA
4University of Colorado Cancer Center, USA
5Department of Epidemiology, Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado, USA
6Catholic Health Initiatives, Englewood, USA
*Corresponding Author: Lowery JT PhD, MPH, Catholic Health Initiatives, Institute for Research and Innovation, 198 Inverness Dr. West, Englewood, CO, 80122, USA, Tel: 855-313-2409, Email: [email protected]

Received Date: Mar 17, 2017 / Accepted Date: Apr 05, 2017 / Published Date: Apr 07, 2017


Objective: To assess current knowledge and practices around hereditary cancer among family physicians in Colorado.

Methods: We surveyed a random sample of 300 family physicians to assess: knowledge and comfort in management of at-risk patients, use of family history to inform clinical decisions, guidelines used for screening and genetic referrals, and frequency of referrals with and without involvement of genetic counselors. We generated descriptive statistics and compared physicians that reported greater knowledge around management of high risk patients and routine use of family history to inform practices, to those who did not, with respect to demographic and practice characteristics.

Results: A minority of physicians reported high knowledge of hereditary cancer syndromes, recommendations for screening high risk patients, and risk assessment; only 10% reported high level of comfort in referring their patients for genetic risk assessment. Physicians who collected complete family histories were more likely to report high knowledge about hereditary cancer, and to use family history to guide recommendations. Few physicians reported using recommendations from organizations focused on high risk patients

Conclusions: Physician-focused education initiatives should focus on raising awareness of hereditary cancer syndromes in primary care settings, use of risk-appropriate guidelines, and the importance of collecting comprehensive family histories to identify patients at risk.

Keywords: Hereditary cancer syndromes; Physician knowledge and practice; Family history

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Citation: De Nagy J, Rycroft R, Ku L, Axell L, Lowery JT (2017) Knowledge and Practice Regarding Hereditary Cancer Syndromes among Family Physicians. J Community Med Health Educ 7:514. DOI: 10.4172/2161-0711.1000514

Copyright: © 2017 De Nagy J, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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