Assessing educational priorities in genetics for general practitioners and specialists in five countries: factor structure of the Genetic-Educational Priorities (Gen-EP) scale

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@article{3d6cdc72180a4677a188ec6e91243c76,
title = "Assessing educational priorities in genetics for general practitioners and specialists in five countries: factor structure of the Genetic-Educational Priorities (Gen-EP) scale",
abstract = "Purpose: A scale assessing primary care physicians' priorities for genetic education (The Gen-EP scale) was developed and tested in five European countries. The objective of this study was to determine its factor structure, to test scaling assumptions and to determine internal consistency. Methods: The sample consisted of 3686 practitioners (general practitioners, gyneco-obstetricians, pediatricians) sampled in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and United Kingdom. We first determined the factor structure of the Gen-EP scale (30 items) on the whole sample. Scaling assumptions were then tested on each country using multitrait scaling analysis. Internal consistency was assessed across the five countries. Results: Six factors were identified accounting for 63.3% of the variance of the items. They represented the following priorities for genetic education: {"}Genetics of Common Diseases{"}; {"}Ethical, Legal, and Public Health Issues{"}; {"}Approaching Genetic Risk Assessment in Clinical Practice{"}; {"}Basic Genetics and Congenital Malformations{"}; {"}Techniques and Innovation in Genetics{"} and {"}Psychosocial and Counseling Issues.{"} In each country, convergent and discriminant validity were satisfactory. Internal-consistency reliability coefficients (Cronbach's alpha) were all above the acceptable threshold (0.70). Conclusion: The Gen-EP scale could be a helpful instrument in different countries to organize and evaluate the impact of genetic educational programs for primary care providers.",
keywords = "continuing education, factor analysis, reliability, genetics",
author = "Jean-Marc Calefato and Irma Nippert and Harris, {Hilary J.} and Ulf Kristoffersson and Jorg Schmidtke and {Ten Kate}, {Leo P.} and Elizabeth Anionwu and Caroline Benjamin and Kirsty Challen and Anne-Marie Plass and Rodney Harris and Claire Julian-Reynier",
year = "2008",
doi = "10.1097/GIM.Ob013e3181614271",
language = "English",
volume = "10",
pages = "99--106",
journal = "Genetics in Medicine",
issn = "1098-3600",
publisher = "Nature Publishing Group",
number = "2",

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