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Outcomes and process in genetic counselling

Outcomes and process in genetic counselling Although it may be simple to evaluate some elements of clinical genetics, it is difficult to evaluate genetic counselling. We review previous studies of the outcomes of genetic counselling; although the methods used may be valid in research studies, there are practical and ethical difficulties in applying them to the measurement of clinical effectiveness in standard practice. No simple measures of outcomes would be suitable. Research evidence will be helpful in deciding what services it is appropriate to offer, and the quality of a service can then be assured by assessing the quality of the clinical process in three ways: 1) adherence to agreed protocols and standards of care; 2) peer review and audit of clinical activity; and 3) ongoing review of the satisfaction of clients and referring physicians with the service. The assessment of client satisfaction will need to be a sophisticated form of retrospective satisfaction with the service provided, and such a scheme has yet to be fully developed. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Clinical Genetics Wiley

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
1996 Blackwell Munksgaard
ISSN
0009-9163
eISSN
1399-0004
DOI
10.1111/j.1399-0004.1996.tb02713.x
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Abstract

Although it may be simple to evaluate some elements of clinical genetics, it is difficult to evaluate genetic counselling. We review previous studies of the outcomes of genetic counselling; although the methods used may be valid in research studies, there are practical and ethical difficulties in applying them to the measurement of clinical effectiveness in standard practice. No simple measures of outcomes would be suitable. Research evidence will be helpful in deciding what services it is appropriate to offer, and the quality of a service can then be assured by assessing the quality of the clinical process in three ways: 1) adherence to agreed protocols and standards of care; 2) peer review and audit of clinical activity; and 3) ongoing review of the satisfaction of clients and referring physicians with the service. The assessment of client satisfaction will need to be a sophisticated form of retrospective satisfaction with the service provided, and such a scheme has yet to be fully developed.

Journal

Clinical GeneticsWiley

Published: Dec 1, 1996

Keywords: evaluation; genetic counselling; outcomes; satisfaction

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