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Effective Communication of Molecular Genetic Test Results to Primary Care Providers

genvar smlAn original research article in the December issue of Genetics in Medicine reports that for each survey item assessing satisfaction, ease of use, and effectiveness, physicians gave higher ratings to genetic test reports developed with a template for molecular genetic test report than standard reports used by clinical laboratories.

Researchers evaluated the template for molecular genetic test reports, which was developed as a strategy to reduce communication errors between the laboratory and ordering clinician.

Researchers surveyed 1,600 primary care physicians. The gender and specialty of the physician did not influence scores; however, younger physicians gave higher scores regardless of report type.

Physicians least familiar with genetic test reports, and possibly having the greatest need for better communication, were best served by the template reports.

[Source: Genetics in Medicine]