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Table 4 Genetic Counseling Outline

From: MAGENTA (Making Genetic testing accessible): a prospective randomized controlled trial comparing online genetic education and telephone genetic counseling for hereditary cancer genetic testing

Pre-Test Genetic Counseling
• Review/verification of the family history provided in the online survey
• Review the basics of hereditary cancer (incidence, inheritance pattern, define genes & mutations)
• Review the benefits and limitations of genetic testing
• Briefly review the cancer risks
• Review result possibilities and their implications
• Briefly discuss the benefits and limitations of GINA
• Confirm that participant would like to move forward with testing
• Assess for distress throughout the session using psychosocial training.
• Documentation of the session and amount of time spent on the phone
Post-Test Genetic Counseling
• Verify the participant’s continued interest in receiving genetic test results and encourage them to follow along with their results online
• Provide genetic test results
• Review implications of test results for the participant and family members
• Assess the response of individual to the information provided
• Allow time for questions or voicing of concerns
• Provide phone number for contact if needed and information for local GC
• Assess for distress throughout the session using psychosocial training.
• Document the session and the amount of time spent on the phone