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Most US Women Undergoing BRCA Testing Not Receiving Genetic Counseling

Most US Women Undergoing BRCA Testing Not Receiving Genetic Counseling

Most US women undergoing BRCA genetic testing do not receive genetic counseling despite multiple guidelines emphasizing the importance of this clinical service, a new study published online in JAMA Oncologyhas shown.1

Because little Is known about the real-world experiences of the more than 100,000 Americans undergoing BRCA genetic testing annually, researchers sought to identify factors associated with use ofBRCA testing, evaluate whether delivery of genetic testing and counseling services adheres to professional guidelines, and assess the impact on patient-reported outcomes.

For the ABOUT study, researchers analyzed data from 11,159 women whose clinicians prescribedBRCA genetic testing between December 2011 and December 2012. A total of 3,874 women completed questionnaires about their experience.

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