Genetics & Your Practice Features, Updates and Notices
Genetics & Your Practice online staff pilot testing an electronic, family health history tool for primary care providers and their prenatal patients.
The tool, tentatively titled “Pregnancy and Health Profile: A Genetic Screening and Risk Assessment Tool,” uses a Tablet-PC to collect medical and family history data from patients sitting in the waiting room and instantly produces qualitative risk assessment messages and provides point of care information to the provider before the clinical encounter. Please review the following selected resources to learn more about the project:
If you have questions or would like to learn how to download a demo version, please contact Genetics and Your Practice online staff.
Resources and Tools:
In addition to offering continuing education credit, G&YP online provides users with an in-depth collection of resources, references and tools for the busy health professional. For instance, users will find within the Family Health and Social History case module, a flash animation video titled, “How to construct a pedigree.”
Site Announcements and Updates
- New feature: CME users now have a easier way to find and re-print their CME certificates.
- Review and update hyperlinks.
- Genetics & Your Practice online begins ongoing partnership with the American Society of Human Genetics to provide educational materials to participants attending workshops at the ASHG annual meeting.
- March of Dimes and Genetics & Your Practice online staff working with partners to develop an electronic family history tool for primary care providers and patients to use during the first prenatal visit.
- Genetics & Your Practice online cited in the Journal of the
American Medical Association (JAMA) and a special supplement of Pediatrics.
A recent 2008 JAMA commentary by Uhlmann and Guttmacher titled, "Key Internet Genetics Resources For the Clinician" listed Genetics & Your Practice
online as one resource to help clinicians integrate genetics into patient care. The authors note the resources listed "are generally those that have existed for several years and that the genetics community commonly regards as key and credible" [Read full-text article]. The authors provide other categories of resources (e.g. 'Directories of genetics clinics and clinical genetics specialists' or 'Disease-specific information for health care professionals') and describe how physicians are continually being called upon by patients to provide risk assessment and guidance for management decisions in the era of genomic medicine.
The Family Health and Social History module and available tools found in Genetics & Your Practice (GYP) online were cited by authors in a special supplement to the journal Pediatrics, titled ‘Use of Family History Information in Pediatric Primary Care and Public Health.'
Dr. Green's article referenced GYP online tools (e.g. checklists to assess family health history and other aspects of pediatric primary care) among a short list of family history web-based resources for primary care clinicians or their staff. Go to abstract of article by RF Green.
Drs. Trotter and Martin included the preonconception/prenatal family health history questionnaire as part of ‘Strategies: Practical clinician points', asking primary care physicians to ‘choose a family history tool that works for you, your patient, and your setting'. Go to abstract of article by TL Trotter and HM Martin.
- Resource and tools spotlight: downloadable empiric risk tables for consanguinity, recurrence risks for common multi-factorial conditions (adult or pediatric/prenatal populations), recurrence risks for specific congenital heart defects - risk to future sibling or risk to future child; adult cancers.
- Limited time offer to new registrants: free copy of “Guidelines for Perinatal Care, Fifth Edition” published by AAP and ACOG.
- Usage notice regarding pop-up blockers along with help page.
- Review and update hyperlinks.
- Update family history questionnaire for adult, pediatric and prenatal patient types.
- Genetics & Your Practice online receives American Academy of Family Physician (AAFP) accreditation for continuing medical education ( CME ) by the Commission on Continuing Professional Development. Read more.
- Begin collaboration with Google ads.
- Full site review and update completed. Curriculum is re-approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CME credits through 2008.
- Registration form streamlined.
- Resources and Tools section updated and re-organized.
- 1,671 registered users by the end of the year. The largest categories of users are nurses (25%), followed by physicians (22%) and students (18%)
- Site is launched. Swedish Medical Center designates AMA PRA Category 1 CME credits for educational activities found within Genetics & Your Practice. Read more.
Updated: December 2011