Psychosocial aspects of genetic counseling and testing

Susan Thomas Vadaparampil, Jennifer Permuth Wey, Anita Yeomans Kinney

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Objectives To highlight areas where persons who undergo BRCA1/2 mutation testing may benefit from psychosocial or behavioral support and intervention. Data sources Published scientific literature, clinical, and research experiences. Conclusion Key psychosocial areas that deserve attention by clinicians and researchers include: indeterminate or inconclusive test results, selection of risk management strategies in unaffected BRCA1/2 mutation carriers, and genetic testing in minority communities. Implications for nursing practice By addressing the psychosocial issues faced by patients undergoing genetic testing for cancer, nurses have the potential to maximize opportunities for prevention, early detection, and healthy coping.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)186-195
Number of pages10
JournalSeminars in Oncology Nursing
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology(nursing)

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