Author Affiliations: Departments of Internal Medicine and Human Genetics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Ms Uhlmann); and National Human Genome Research Institute, Bethesda, Maryland (Dr Guttmacher).
Virtually all physicians, whether primary care or specialists, care for patients with health issues related to genetics. While the relationships between genes and disease have not always been apparent, the use of new tools such as genome-wide association studies and expression arrays means that the genetic aspects of prevention, diagnosis, therapeutics, and patient management will increasingly find their way into the clinic. Many patients want to know their risk for conditions based on family history, health history, age, or test results. Other patients, whether they have rare or common conditions, seek guidance for management decisions. As genomic information and genetic tests become more integrated into medical care, physicians need to know how to access genetic information and resources for their patients.
Uhlmann WR, Guttmacher AE. Key Internet Genetics Resources for the Clinician. JAMA. 2008;299(11):1356–1358. doi:10.1001/jama.299.11.1356