Genetic epidemiology and primary care

Blair H Smith, Graham C M Watt, Harry Campbell, Aziz Sheikh

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Large-scale, population-based studies of genetic epidemiology are under way or planned in several countries, including the UK. The results will have many implications for GPs and their patients. Primary care has much to contribute to this research, and basing genetic epidemiology studies in primary care will confer several advantages. These include enhanced public engagement, building on the personal relationships and trust that are at the core of primary care practice; methodological factors that will strengthen study design; and the potential of linkage of multiple datasets and between networks of research practices. Essential development work with primary care professionals and the public is, however, required for this to happen, and, if undertaken, this work will have the additional important benefit of increasing the uptake of new knowledge into general practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)214-21
Number of pages8
JournalBritish Journal of General Practice
Issue number524
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2006


  • Epidemiology
  • Family Practice
  • Genetics
  • Humans
  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't


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