Genevieve Fitzgerald

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BACKGROUND The effectiveness of interventions for developing critical appraisal skills in practicing physicians has not been studied, despite the documented importance of reading the literature in caring for patients and in continuing professional development. The objective of this study was to evaluate whether an Internet-based intervention would lead to(More)
BACKGROUND Presentation of information using survival or mortality (i.e., incidence) curves offers a potentially powerful method of communication because such curves provide information about risk over time in a relatively simple graphic format. However, the effect of framing as survival versus mortality on understanding and treatment choice is not known.(More)
Life insurance industry access to genetic information is controversial. Consumer groups argue that access will increase discrimination in life insurance premiums and discourage individuals from undergoing genetic testing that may provide health benefits. Conversely, life insurers argue that without access to risk information available to individuals, they(More)
To compare the phenotypic expression of three different MSH2 mutations causing Lynch syndrome, 290 family members at 50% risk of inheriting a mutation were studied. Two truncating mutations of the MSH2 gene have been identified in Newfoundland: an exon 8 deletion in five families (N=74 carriers) and an exon 4–16 deletion in one family (N=65 carriers). The(More)
I was, in fact, born, raised, and educated in Toronto and am a proud graduate of the Gallie Surgical Training Programme. As a medical student I had the opportunity and good fortune to spend the summer months between the third and fourth years at The Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony. There I met and was immensely influenced by Dr. Gordon W.(More)
The traditional emphasis on nondirectiveness in genetic counseling has become increasingly controversial with the rapid expansion of genetic testing in clinical medicine. This study was done to determine whether women considering clinical testing for BRCA1/2 mutations want to know their health care providers' opinions about whether or not they should(More)
Hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer (HNPCC) is an autosomal dominant trait responsible for approximately 6% of colorectal cancers. Linkage of the HNPCC trait to the D2S123 locus on 2p15-16 has previously been reported in two families. This HNPCC locus is now designated "COCA1." We have tested seven Canadian HNPCC families, who have a variety of clinical(More)