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What Information Do Cancer Genetic Counselees Prioritize?
BMC, Sweden Uppsala University, Sweden .
Karolinska Institute, Sweden Uppsala University, Sweden .
Uppsala University, Sweden .
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Oncology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre for Diagnostics, Department of Clinical Pathology and Clinical Genetics.
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2012 (English)In: Journal of Genetic Counseling, ISSN 1059-7700, E-ISSN 1573-3599, Vol. 21, no 4, 510-526 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study explored the informational needs of individuals attending genetic counseling for hereditary cancer, using a free-choice and a forced choice method. Prior to the consultation the informational needs of 334 counselees from Sweden and Norway were assessed by the QUOTE-gene (ca) questionnaire and by a study specific forced choice method, using Q-methodology. Questionnaire responses indicated that counselees major concerns pertained to the need to be taken seriously, to be provided with sufficient risk estimation and medical/genetic information and to be involved in the decision making process. Furthermore, prior to counseling, counselees noted that the counselors consideration and skillfulness were also extremely important. Analysis of the Q-sorting results revealed that counselees needs could be assigned to one of five groups: the "need for facts; caring communication and medical information; information and support in communicating the genetic information to others; practical care and practical/medical information". Particularly noteworthy, counselees with varying backgrounds characteristics prioritized different needs. Cancer genetic counselees probably have different needs due to their medical and demographic background when attending genetic counseling. Addressing counselees specific concerns more sufficiently and thereby increasing the overall effectiveness of the counseling session requires increased insight into individual needs, by for instance, utilizing screening methods such as QUOTE-gene (ca) prior to the counseling session.

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Springer Verlag (Germany) , 2012. Vol. 21, no 4, 510-526 p.
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Hereditary cancer; Informational needs; QUOTE-gene (ca); Q-sorting; genetic counseling
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-79659DOI: 10.1007/s10897-011-9409-2ISI: 000305913200005OAI: diva2:544303
Available from: 2012-08-14 Created: 2012-08-13 Last updated: 2013-03-28

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