Delivery of internet-based cancer genetic counselling services to patients' homes: A feasibility study

Neal J. Meropol, Mary B. Daly, Hetal S. Vig, Frank J. Manion, Sharon L. Manne, Carla Mazar, Camara Murphy, Nicholas Solarino, And Vadim Zubarev

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Abstract

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 counsellingsessions. Satisfactionwith counsellingwas 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-40
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Informatics

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