Coelho, JJ; Arnold, A; Nayler, J; Tischkowitz, M; Mackay, J; (2005) An assessment of the efficacy of cancer genetic counselling using real-time videoconferencing technology (telemedicine) compared to face-to-face consultations. European Journal of Cancer , 41 (15) 2257 - 2261.
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There are few published studies regarding the use of telemedicine in counselling families with a history of cancer. In this study, cancer genetic counselling was evaluated when conducted via telemedicine and compared to face-to-face consultations. Participants were placed into a telemedicine group or a face-to-face group depending on their geographical location. Telemedicine consultations took place using real-time videoconferencing technology ISDN6 digital telephone lines. Sixteen participants were evaluated in the telemedicine compared to 21 in the face-to-face group and all participants were asked to complete both a precounselling and postcounselling questionnaire, which assessed their understanding of cancer genetics, anxiety levels, satisfaction levels, and allowed for personal comments. In both the telemedicine and face-to-face groups, a significant reduction in cancer related anxiety levels and high satisfaction levels were reported. There was a trend towards increased cancer genetic knowledge post genetic counselling in both groups. The results show that telemedicine is a useful alternative by which to provide cancer genetic services when geographical distance is an issue. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved
|Title:||An assessment of the efficacy of cancer genetic counselling using real-time videoconferencing technology (telemedicine) compared to face-to-face consultations|
|Additional information:||WoS ID: 000232915600009 JOCT|
|Keywords:||2005, A, ALL, AND, anxiety, assessment, BOTH, c, CANCER, Counselling, digital, EFFICACY, families, FAMILY, FOR, Genetic, genetics, Histories, history, IS, Knowledge, LEVEL, OF, PUBLISHED, QUESTIONNAIRE, Result, service, THE, Use|
|UCL classification:||UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Biosciences (Division of) > Genetics, Evolution and Environment|
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