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Patient outcomes of genetic counseling : assessing the impact of different approaches to family history collection Slomp, Caitlin; Morris, Emily; Inglis, Angela; Lehman, Anna; Austin, Jehannine

Abstract

No studies have evaluated whether different modalities for collection of family history data influence patient outcomes of genetic counseling. We retrospectively compared outcomes of genetic counseling between patients whose family history (Fhx) was collected: a) via telephone prior to their appointment (FhxPrior), or b) during the appointment (FhxDuring). We used a psychiatric genetic counseling clinic database, where information about demographics and Fhx timing is recorded and patients complete the Genetic Counseling Outcomes Scale (GCOS, measuring empowerment) and Illness Management Self-Efficacy Scale (IMSES) immediately prior to (T1) and one-month after their appointment (T2). We used ANCOVA to evaluate the effect of Fhx method on patient outcomes at T2. Complete data were available for 240 patients and were used for analysis (FhxPrior, n=206; FhxDuring, n=34). GCOS and IMSES scores increased from T1-T2 (p

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