Evaluating Genetic Counseling: Client Expectations, Psychological Adjustment and Satisfaction with Service

A. Davey, K. Rostant, K. Harrop, Jack Goldblatt, Peter O'Leary

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    Abstract

    Periodic evaluations of genetic counseling services are useful for determining the effectiveness of counseling in meetings its psycho-educational aims, as well as identifying where improvements to the service may be made. This study aimed to evaluate the genetic counseling services provided by Genetic Services of Western Australia (GSWA) to determine the impact of counseling on client expectations, satisfaction with the service, and psychological adjustment, defined as wellbeing and perceived personal control (PPC). A total of 122 clients participated in a self-administered survey conducted pre- and post-counseling. Client expectations of the service as a means of providing information were met, and opportunities for counselors to meet client’s expectations of psychological support were identified. Furthermore, counseling was found to maintain and enhance psychological wellbeing of clients. The role of counseling in facilitating the development of PPC was a key contributor to a high sense of satisfaction in clients.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)197-206
    JournalJournal of Genetic Counseling
    Volume14
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

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