Assessment of the use and feasibility of video to supplement the genetic counseling process: a cancer genetic counseling perspective

J Genet Couns. 2005 Jun;14(3):235-43. doi: 10.1007/s10897-005-4065-z.


Cancer genetic counselors use a variety of teaching modalities for patient education. This survey of cancer genetic counselors assessed their use of educational videos and their recommendations for content of future videos. Thirty percent of respondents use videos for patient education. Cited benefits included reinforcement of information for clients and increased counselor efficiency. Of the 70% who do not use videos, predominant barriers included the perceived lack of an appropriate video, lack of space and/or equipment, and concern that videos are impersonal. Most respondents desired a video that is representative of the genetic counseling session, but emphasized the importance of using broad information. Content considered critical included the pros and cons of genetic testing, associated psychosocial implications, and genetic discrimination. The results of this exploratory study provide data relevant for the development of a cancer genetics video for patient education, and suggestions are made based on aspects of information processing and communication theories.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Genetic Counseling / methods*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Pregnancy
  • Prenatal Diagnosis
  • Videotape Recording*