A comparison of patient satisfaction with telehealth and on-site consultations: a pilot study for prenatal genetic counseling

J Genet Couns. 2006 Jun;15(3):199-205. doi: 10.1007/s10897-006-9020-0.


Many different fields of medicine are now utilizing video conferencing as a means to offer consultations to individuals in rural communities. However, there is a lack of published literature regarding the use of telehealth in clinical genetics and, specifically, in genetic counseling. Those experiences that have been reported mostly centered on cancer genetic counseling, sickle cell anemia consultation and care, or pediatric/adult genetic assessment. In these studies, the patients reported an overall satisfaction with telehealth, signifying that this type of communication may play an important role in the future of medicine. This pilot study compared patient satisfaction with prenatal genetic counseling performed via video conferencing versus that performed on-site. The results show that there was a high level of patient satisfaction when video conferencing was used to conduct prenatal genetic counseling consultations, suggesting that telehealth can be utilized as a means to offer this service to underserved populations.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Genetic Counseling*
  • Humans
  • Patient Satisfaction*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Pregnancy
  • Prenatal Care*
  • Remote Consultation*