Study Title: Interpretation and management of genetic test results by Canadian Family Physicians: A multiple choice survey of performance

Dear Colleague,

Canadian literature has shown that practicing Canadian family physicians demonstrate knowledge gaps in the field of genetics, which translates to perceived difficulty managing genetic information. There are few studies that touch on how family physicians perform at interpreting and managing genetic information, none of which address this issue directly.

Given this, you are being invited to participate in a research project to explore how family physicians perform in interpreting genetic data, when presented with actual genetic test results, and how their performance compares to Canadian Genetic Counsellors. The study consists of an anonymous online survey. The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete. Your participation in this study is entirely voluntary. If the questionnaire is completed, it will be assumed that your consent to participate has been given. If you begin the survey, and do not wish to complete it, you may close the browser at any point; however, any answers that have already been submitted will be recorded as part of the study data. There will be no negative consequences if you choose not to participate.

This study serves as part of the requirements of the University of Saskatchewan Family Medicine Residency that is being completed by Dr. Stephanie Skinner. Information obtained in this study will be presented at the annual Resident Research Day at the University of Saskatchewan; the results may also be presented at other conferences and/or published (e.g., in an academic journal). There will be no direct benefits to you if you participate. It is hoped that the results/findings will provide preliminary information on the competency of Family Physicians in managing genetic information, and identify gaps in knowledge.

Individuals will not be paid to participate in the study. However, to thank you for your time, you will be invited to enter a draw for one of four Starbucks gift cards, each valued at $75. Two gift cards will be allocated for genetic counsellors, and 2 will be allocated for family physicians. If you choose to enter the draw, you will be directed to a separate page to enter that information, so that your identity will not be linked to your responses.

There are no significant risks if you decide to participate in this study. With any research, there is always a slight risk of the security of the data being breached. To minimize this, the data will be collected securely on Saskatchewan Health Authority secure servers, and will be stored electronically for 5-10 years on password protected computers. Your name will not be included on the survey, nor will you be identified by name in any reports of the completed study. Names and email addresses will be voluntarily submitted by those who wish to participate in the prize draw, but will not be attached to survey responses in any way.

If at any time, you would like to ask further questions about the study, you may contact Drs. Stephanie Skinner, or Sarah Liskowich at 306-766-0444. If you encounter any difficulties using the REDCap tool for surveys completed online, please contact Dr. Michelle McCarron at or 306-766-5384.

This study has been reviewed and approved on ethical grounds by the Research Ethics Board of the former Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region. If you have any questions or concerns about your rights as a research participant, you may contact the Chair of the Research Ethics Board at (306) 766-5533. Out-of-town participants may call collect.


Dr. Stephanie Skinner, MD, MSc, CGC, CCGC, Resident Investigator, Ph: 306-766-0444

Dr. Sarah Liskowich, Principle Investigator/Assistant Professor, Ph: 306-766-0444

Dr. Michelle McCarron, Co-Investigator/Research Scientist, Ph: 306-766-5384

Please note: All direct and indirect identifiers (e.g., names, personal health numbers, dates of birth, clinical history) used in the following genetic reports and scenarios are entirely fictional. The content of the reports are accurate representations of results that would be associated with the genetic findings within each given scenario.

Please complete the survey below.

Thank you!

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