How Can Psychological Science Inform Research About Genetic Counseling for Clinical Genomic Sequencing?

Cynthia M. Khan, Christine Rini, Barbara A. Bernhardt, J. Scott Roberts, Kurt D. Christensen, James P. Evans, Kyle B. Brothers, Myra I. Roche, Jonathan S. Berg, Gail E. Henderson

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Abstract

Next generation genomic sequencing technologies (including whole genome or whole exome sequencing) are being increasingly applied to clinical care. Yet, the breadth and complexity of sequencing information raise questions about how best to communicate and return sequencing information to patients and families in ways that facilitate comprehension and optimal health decisions. Obtaining answers to such questions will require multidisciplinary research. In this paper, we focus on how psychological science research can address questions related to clinical genomic sequencing by explaining emotional, cognitive, and behavioral processes in response to different types of genomic sequencing information (e.g., diagnostic results and incidental findings).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-204
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Genetic Counseling
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Communication
  • Genome sequencing
  • Patient understanding
  • Psychological
  • Psychosocial

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