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Type: Journal article
Title: Long-term outcomes of genetic counseling in women at increased risk of developing hereditary breast cancer
Author: Meiser, B.
Butow, P.
Barratt, A.
Schneiden, V.
Gattas, M.
Kirk, J.
Gaff, C.
Suthers, G.
Tucker, K.
Citation: Patient Education and Counseling, 2001; 44(3):215-225
Publisher: Elsevier Sci Ireland Ltd
Issue Date: 2001
ISSN: 0738-3991
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Bettina Meiser, Phyllis N. Butow, Alex L. Barratt, Vivienne Schnieden, Michael Gattas, Judy Kirk, Clara Gaff, Graeme Suthers, Kathy Tucker, and The Psychological Impact Collaborative Group
Abstract: This multicenter study evaluated the impact of genetic counseling in 218 women at risk of developing hereditary breast cancer. Women were assessed prior to counseling and 12-month post-counseling using self-administered, mailed questionnaires. Compared to baseline, breast cancer genetics knowledge was increased significantly at follow-up, and greater increases in knowledge were associated with educational level. Breast cancer anxiety decreased significantly from baseline to follow-up, and these decreases were associated with improvements in perceived risk. A significant decrease in clinical breast examination was observed at the 12-month follow-up. Findings suggest that women with a family history of breast cancer benefit from attending familial cancer clinics as it leads to increases in breast cancer genetics knowledge and decreases in breast cancer anxiety. The lowered rates of clinical breast examination indicate that the content of genetic counseling may need to be reviewed to ensure that women receive and take away the right message.
Keywords: Psychological Impact Collaborative Group
Breast Neoplasms
Genetic Predisposition to Disease
Logistic Models
Statistics, Nonparametric
Adaptation, Psychological
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Genetic Counseling
Middle Aged
Description: Copyright © 2001 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
DOI: 10.1016/S0738-3991(00)00191-9
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