Physician Surveys 2009 and 2010

BCCGN began conducting its annual Physician Education Survey in 2009, to determine British Columbian physician’s interest in participating in research, barriers to participation in research and knowledge of genomics. The purpose of the survey is to gather information on how we can help physicians in BC become more educated about genomics.

The survey was distributed to over 6000 clinicians.

The 2009 survey yielded 123 responses. 58% of respondents had never been involved in reserch before. In 2010, 38% of the 71 respondents had never before been involved in research.

Most respondents in 2009 and 2010:
  • had a low knowledge of genomics
  • were interested in participating in research
  • outlined important barriers as lack of time, lack of funding and also they simply didn’t know how to go about it or had never been given the opportunity


BCCGN is starting to change all of this through its education initiatives for clinicians and by helping overcome these barriers to research.


But Are BC Clinicians Interested in Genomics Research?

“I want to apply genetics in medicine in common diseases, cardiovascular disease, diabetes etc in adults” – Delta Clinician

“I am interested in the clinical end; the patient, genome interface; what can genomics offer & can it be successful to remote residents of BC?” – Dawson Creek Clinician

“I was involved in research as a medical student and now would love to be more involved in research”- Victoria Physician

“I would like to gain a better understanding of the practical implications of genetic research as a frontline clinician” – Vernon Clinician

“I have always been fascinated by genetics. I have a young practice and am often asked about the impact of genetic screening” – Nanaimo Clinician

“First I want to know about recent advances in genomics, then find out how I would be able to use that knowledge in my day to day practice of family medicine” – BC Clinician

“I am interested in genomics research and anything to do with genomics testing, adverse drug reactions especially”- Vancouver Clinician