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Genetic counselors turn to unconventional counseling to meet demand for genetic testing
Date:3/16/2008

aluate telephone genetic counseling versus in person (standard) genetic counseling among women at high risk of carrying a BRCA1/2 mutation. The study is outlined in the Spring edition of the journal Genetic Counseling posted online today.

Many of us favor face-to-face counseling but the reality is the telephone may allow us to reach more people, more efficiently says Peshkin. It makes sense to develop interventions that parallel the traditional model while extending its reach and deliverability.

Peshkin points to the abundant clinical data on the epidemiology of BRCA1/2 and the efficacy of various management strategies. Also, evidence attests to the efficacy of traditional genetic counseling at increasing knowledge, prospectively improving the accuracy of perceived risk, and increasing the awareness of the risks and benefits of testing.

Patients appear to be highly satisfied with the traditional format of comprehensive genetic counseling so a study among individuals undergoing BRCA1/2 testing is an ideal population on which to evaluate alternative models of counseling, Peshkin says.


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Georgetown University Medical Center
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