Certain healthcare providers can help you make decisions about genetic testing based on your health and what you want to learn.
Primary care providers
What Is a Primary Care Provider?
A primary care provider is the doctor that you and your family visit regularly. You may have someone that you visit for help with a cold. This is your primary care provider. Your primary care provider also can help with concerns about a genetic condition. Primary care providers can:
- Talk about your health concerns
- Determine if you need to see a genetics professional
- Refer you to a genetics professional
- Serve as a “tour guide” to the world of specialists, genetic counselors, and geneticists.
Primary care providers for adults complete training in family medicine or internal medicine after medical school. Doctors with training in family medicine care for children, too. Some doctors with training in internal medicine get training in pediatrics as well so that they can see children.
Pediatricians: Primary Care Providers for Your Children
Pediatricians are primary care providers who take care of infants and children. They give information to new and experienced parents. The first test that most babies have is newborn screening. New parents may want to talk to their pediatrician about their baby’s newborn screening results. Parents can learn more about newborn screening even before their baby is born at Baby’s First Test.
Talk to your pediatrician about your child’s health. This includes your child’s family history. This will help your pediatrician understand your child’s risk for certain diseases.