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Journal of Genetic Counseling

, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 118–124

First Online: 23 August 2012Received: 30 September 2011Accepted: 14 June 2012DOI: 10.1007-s10897-012-9519-5

Cite this article as: Salemink, S., Dekker, N., Kets, C.M. et al. J Genet Counsel 2013 22: 118. doi:10.1007-s10897-012-9519-5


During cancer genetic counseling, different items which counselors consider important are discussed. However, relatively little empirical evidence exists regarding the needs and preferences of counselees. In this study needs and preferences were assessed from counselees with a personal and-or family history of colorectal cancer CRC, who were referred for genetic counseling regarding CRC. They received a slightly modified version of the QUOTE-GENE questionnaire prior to their first visit to the Hereditary Cancer Clinic. Response rate was 60 % 48-80 participants. Counselees rated the importance of 45 items assessing their needs and preferences regarding the content and process of genetic counseling. Participants rated the items regarding discussion of information about their familial CRC risk 100 % and preventive options 98 % as important or very important. Fewer participants rated items concerning general information on genetics as important. Sensitive communication during counseling was considered very important by a large percentage of counselees. Generally, no major differences were seen between participants in relation to individual characteristics. Our data suggest that focusing on familial CRC risk and surveillance options, in combination with sensitive communication may lead to better satisfaction with genetic counseling.

KeywordsGenetic counseling Patient preferences Colorectal neoplasms  Download fulltext PDF

Author: Simone Salemink - Nicky Dekker - Carolien M. Kets - Erica van der Looij - Wendy A. G. van Zelst-Stams - Nicoline Hooger


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