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Bringing genetics into primary care: findings from a national evaluation of pilots in England

Martin, G., Currie, G. and Finn, R. (2009) Bringing genetics into primary care: findings from a national evaluation of pilots in England. Journal of Health Services Research & Policy. pp. 204-211. ISSN 1355-8196

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Objectives: Developments in genetic knowledge and clinical applications are seen as rendering traditional modes of organizing genetics provision increasingly inappropriate. In common with a number of developed world countries the UK has sought to increase the role of primary care in delivering such services. However, efforts to reconfigure service delivery face multiple challenges associated with divergent policy objectives, organizational boundaries and professional cultures. This paper presents findings from an evaluation of an English initiative to integrate genetics into 'mainstream' clinical provision in the National Health Service. Methods: Qualitative research in 11 case-study sites focusing on attempts by pilots funded by the initiative to embed knowledge and provision within primary care illustrating barriers faced and the ways in which these were surmounted. Results: Lack of intrinsic interest in clinical genetics among primary care staff was compounded by national targets that focused their attention elsewhere and by service structures that rendered genetics a peripheral concern demanding minimal engagement. Established divisions between the commissioning of mainstream and specialist services, along with the pressures of shorter-term targets, impeded ongoing funding. Conclusions: More wide-ranging policy and organizational support is required if the aim of entrenching genetics knowledge and practice across the Health Service is to be realized.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2009 Royal Society of Medicine. This is an author produced version of a paper published in the Journal of Health Services Research and Policy. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self archiving policy.
Keywords: HEALTH,POLICY,SERVICES,KNOWLEDGE,UKNHS,POWER,Health Policy,Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > The York Management School
Depositing User: Repository Administrator York
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2009 09:34
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2016 00:00
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1258/jhsrp.2009.008158
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/10117

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