[Federal Register Volume 64, Number 118 (Monday, June 21, 1999)]
[Page 33101]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 99-15636]



National Institutes of Health

Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Physician Survey on 
Genetic Testing

    Summary: Under the provisions of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), 
the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has submitted to the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve the 
information collection listed below. This proposed information 
collection was previously published in the Federal Register on January 
5, 1999, page 519-520 and allowed 60 days for public comment. No public 
comments were received. The purpose of this notice is to allow an 
additional 30 days for public comment.
    Proposed Collection: Title: Physician Survey on Genetic Testing. 
Type of Information Request: New. Need and Use of Information 
Collection: The Physicians Survey on Genetic Testing will be used by 
the National Cancer Institute to establish baseline information on the 
prevalence of genetic testing for cancer susceptibility among primary 
care physicians in the United States. The survey will assess whether 
there are statistically significant differences in (1) self-reported 
knowledge, current use of, and future intentions to use genetic testing 
for cancer susceptibility, and (2) perceptions of barriers to testing, 
among primary care physicians by their type and location of practice, 
and recency of training. Primary care physicians (internists, 
pediatricians, family and general practitioners) will also be compared 
with specialty groups (gastroenterologists, surgeons, urologists and 
oncologists) with respect to their use, attitudes toward, and knowledge 
of, genetic testing for cancer susceptibility. A questionnaire will be 
administered by mail, telephone, facsimile and Internet, using a 
nationally representative sample of physicians. The study physicians 
will select their preferred response mode. Frequency of Response: One-
time study. Affected Public: Medical Community. Type of Respondents: 
Primary care and speciality physicians with active licenses to practice 
medicine in the U.S. The annual reporting burden is as follows: 
Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,350; Estimated Number of Responses 
per Respondent: 1; Average Burden Hours per Response: .250 and 
Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours Requested; 338. The annualized cost 
to respondents is estimated at: $25,313. There are no Capital Costs, 
Operating Costs, and/or Maintenance Costs to report.
    Request for Comments: Written comments and/or suggestions from the 
public and affected agencies should address one or more of the 
following points: (1) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the performance of the function of the 
agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; 
(2) The accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed 
collection of information, including the validity of the methodology 
and assumptions used; (3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility and 
clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Ways to minimize 
the burden of the collection of information on those who are to 
respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, 
mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms 
on information technology.
    Direct Comments to OMB: Written comments and/or suggestions 
regarding the item(s) contained in this notice, especially regarding 
the estimated public burden and associated response time, should be 
directed to the: Office of Management and Budget, Office of Regulatory 
Affairs, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, Washington, DC 
20503, Attention: Desk Officer for NIH. To request more information on 
the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans 
and instruments, contact Louise Wideroff or Andrew Freedman, 
Epidemiologists, National Cancer Institute, EPN 313, Executive 
Boulevard MSC 7334, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-7344, Telephone (301) 435-
6823 or (301) 435-6819, FAX (301) 435-3710, or E-mail your request, 
including your address to [email protected] or Andrew__F[email protected].
    Comments Due Date: Comments regarding this information collection 
are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30 days 
of the date of this publication.

    Dated: June 11, 1999.
Reesa L. Nichols,
NCI Project Clearance Liaison.
[FR Doc. 99-15636 Filed 6-18-99; 8:45 am]