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Certainty and uncertainty in genetic counselling: A qualitative case study

Smith, JA; Michie, S; Allanson, A; Elwy, R; (2000) Certainty and uncertainty in genetic counselling: A qualitative case study. PSYCHOL HEALTH , 15 (1) 1 - 12.

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Abstract

This study examines the communication that occurs during routine genetic counselling sessions. It involves;the qualitative analysis of nine consultations with one member of a clinical genetics team.The consultations were characterised by a contrast between the sense of certainty apparent in how the clinician talked about the power and promise of the new genetics and the uncertainty communicated regarding the actual information produced by genetic tests and their limitations in solving people's problems. There was also a contrast between how the clinician seemed to control the format and agenda of the consultation and the apparently uncontrollable personal and social implications of the topics discussed. We speculate that this may be explained in terms of the clinician giving some order and certainty in an area of inherent uncertainty, and where great promises are as yet unrealised.

Type: Article
Title: Certainty and uncertainty in genetic counselling: A qualitative case study
Keywords: genetic counselling, communication, health professionals, uncertainty, control, qualitative, COMMUNICATION, PHYSICIANS, CARE
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/15900
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