Effect of routine assessment of specific psychosocial problems on personalized communication, counselors’ awareness, and distress levels in cancer genetic counseling practice: a randomized controlled trial.

@article{Eijzenga2014EffectOR,
  title={Effect of routine assessment of specific psychosocial problems on personalized communication, counselors’ awareness, and distress levels in cancer genetic counseling practice: a randomized controlled trial.},
  author={Willem Eijzenga and Neil K Aaronson and Daniela E. E. Hahn and Grace N. Sidharta and Lizet van der Kolk and Mary E. Velthuizen and Margreet G E M Ausems and Eveline M. A. Bleiker},
  journal={Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology},
  year={2014},
  volume={32 27},
  pages={2998-3004}
}
PURPOSE This study evaluated the efficacy of a cancer genetics–specific questionnaire in facilitating communication about, awareness of, and management of psychosocial problems, as well as in lowering distress levels. METHODS Individuals referred to genetic counseling for cancer at two family cancer clinics in The Netherlands were randomly assigned to an intervention or a control group. All participants completed the psychosocial questionnaire before counseling. In the intervention group, the… CONTINUE READING