Understanding of risk communication in high risk families


Understanding of risk communication in high risk breast cancer families


Professor Phyllis Butow

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Centre for Medical Psychology & Evidence-based Decision-making (CeMPED)

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Many people from families at high risk of a genetic pre-disposition of cancer or other disease receive notification of a family genetic result either from genetic counseling centres or from research registries in which they are participating. Their understanding of that information is critical to their capacity to make informed choices about acting to identify and reduce their own risk. Yet evidence suggests that mis-understanding is rife. The person working on this project will work with a very large Australian registry, the Kathleen Cunningham Foundation Consortium for research into Familial Breast Cancer (KConFab) to identify the level of understanding of participants who have received a genetic notification letter, and ways to improve that understanding.

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Breast Cancer, Risk communication, Genetics, understanding, Counselling & patient support, Professional practice, Public health & social medicine

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The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 154

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