A Guide to Genetic Counseling, 2nd Edition. Chapter 6: Patient Education

This chapter provides detailed analysis of how best to share information with patients. It covers models of patient learning, application of instructional aids for patient education, and applying the tenets of health education and promotion to genetic counseling. Includes bullet points for improving patient-clinician communication and other practical pointers.

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Genomic Competencies

Experts from the disciplines listed below have tagged this resource as fulfulling genomic competencies.

Genetic Counselor

  • Genetics Expertise and Analysis
    • 6:   Demonstrate the skills necessary to successfully manage a genetic counseling case.
      • 6a:   Develop and execute a case management plan that includes case preparation and follow-up.
      • 6b:   Assess and modify the case management plan as needed to incorporate changes in management and surveillance recommendations.
      • 6e:   Identify, access and present information to clients on local, regional, national and international resources, services and support.
    • 7:   Critically assess genetic/genomic, medical and social science literature and information.
      • 7a:   Plan and execute a thorough search and review of the literature.
      • 7c:   Synthesize information obtained from a literature review to utilize in genetic counseling encounters.
  • Education
    • 14:   Effectively educate clients about a wide range of genetics and genomics information based on their needs, their characteristics and the circumstances of the encounter.
      • 14a:   Identify factors that affect the learning process such as intellectual ability, emotional state, socioeconomic factors, physical abilities, religious and cultural beliefs, motivation, language and educational background.
      • 14b:   Recognize and apply risk communication principles and theory to maximize client understanding.
      • 14c:   Communicate relevant genetic and genomic information to help clients understand and adapt to conditions or the risk of conditions and to engage in informed decision-making.
      • 14d:   Utilize a range of tools to enhance the learning encounter such as handouts, visual aids, and other educational technologies.
      • 14e:   Communicate both orally and in writing using a style and method that is clear and unambiguous.
    • 15:   Write concise and understandable clinical and scientific information for audiences of varying educational backgrounds.
      • 15c:   Assess the challenges faced by clients with low literacy and modify the presentation of information to reduce the literacy burden.