Obstetrician and gynecologists population-based screening practices

Angie C. Jelin, Britta Anderson, Louise Wilkins-Haug, Jay Schulkin

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Background: The ability to obtain genetic information can now be accomplished in far greater detail, and more quickly than in the past. It is important to understand obstetrician-gynecologists (ob-gyns) screening practices as these changes occur.Methods: Cross-sectional survey was performed by mailing paper surveys to Fellows of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a subset of Fellows who belong to the Collaborative Ambulatory Research Network (CARN).Results: Response rates were 57% for the CARN network. Almost all responders (92%) offer population-based genetic screening in the prenatal period and almost all (93%) conduct counseling prior to the provision of genetic testing. Almost all (92%) counsel patients when the result is positive, with 46% being the primary counselor and 55% calling the patient themselves. When results are negative, 73% counsel with 58% indicating they are the primary counselor and 17% call patients themselves. A total of 72% have received continuing medical education (CME) on genetics within 5 years, with 79% receiving CME at conferences and 21% receiving CME online.Conclusion: Ob-gyns have a large role in providing patients new genetic screening technologies. This role requires a significant knowledge base, some of which can be obtained by online modules; however, our study suggests online education is underutilized as a means for CME on genetic screening among ob-gyns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)875-879
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 18 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • CME
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Genetics
  • Prenatal
  • Screening
  • survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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