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Delivery of Internet-based cancer genetic counselling services to patients' homes: a feasibility study.

TitleDelivery of Internet-based cancer genetic counselling services to patients' homes: a feasibility study.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsMeropol, NJ, Daly, MB, Vig, HS, Manion, FJ, Manne, SL, Mazar, C, Murphy, C, Solarino, N, Zubarev, V
JournalJ Telemed Telecare
Date Published2011
KeywordsAdult, Aged, Breast Neoplasms, Colonic Neoplasms, Feasibility Studies, Female, Genetic Counseling, Humans, Internet, Male, Middle Aged, Neoplasms, Ovarian Neoplasms, Patient Education as Topic, Patient Satisfaction, Questionnaires, Videoconferencing

We examined the feasibility of home videoconferencing for providing cancer genetic education and risk information to people at risk. Adults with possible hereditary colon or breast and ovarian cancer syndromes were offered Internet-based counselling. Participants were sent web cameras and software to install on their home PCs. They watched a prerecorded educational video and then took part in a live counselling session with a genetic counsellor. A total of 31 participants took part in Internet counselling sessions. Satisfaction with counselling was high in all domains studied, including technical (mean 4.3 on a 1-5 scale), education (mean 4.7), communication (mean 4.8), psychosocial (mean 4.1) and overall (mean 4.2). Qualitative data identified technical aspects that could be improved. All participants reported that they would recommend Internet-based counselling to others. Internet-based genetic counselling is feasible and associated with a high level of satisfaction among participants.

Alternate JournalJ Telemed Telecare
PubMed ID21097566
PubMed Central IDPMC3263376
Grant ListP30 CA006927 / CA / NCI NIH HHS / United States
P30 CA006927 / CA / NCI NIH HHS / United States
P30 CA006927-49 / CA / NCI NIH HHS / United States
Frank Manion
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