France Légaré contributes to an article published in the Journal of Genetic Counseling
Our team has published an article in the Journal of Genetic Counseling, entitled: Assessing Shared Decision-Making Clinical Behaviors Among Genetic Counselors.
Shared decision-making (SDM) is a collaborative approach in which clinicians educate, support, and guide patients as they make informed, value-congruent decisions. SDM improves patients’ health-related outcomes through increasing knowledge, reducing decisional conflict, and enhancing experience of care. We measured SDM in genetic counseling appointments with 27 pregnant women who were at increased risk of having a baby with a genetic abnormality. Some SDM behaviors were better demonstrated in this prenatal genetic counseling study than others. Formal training of genetic counselors in SDM may enhance use of this approach in their professional practice.
Authors: Patricia Birch, Shelin Adam, Rachel Coe, Ashley Port, Martina Vortel, Jan Friedman, France Legaré.