Kelly Morgan, MS, CGC, on Genetic Testing Education Aiding in Disseminating Information

July 31, 2020

The MSK expert explained that pre- and post-test educatin on genetic testing could help patients and providers alike to better understand the results.

Pre- and post-test education on genetic testing may help patients disseminate information more easily to their health care providers, according to Kelly Morgan, MS, CGC.

In a recent study, presented at the 2020 ASCO Virtual Scientific Program, the BRCA Founder OutReach (BFOR) offered pre-testing online education with posttest engagement of primary care providers, which appeared to be effective in educating both patients and providers alike.

“So, in terms of the participant experience, we found satisfaction to be high both after this pre-test education and also after genetic testing. Knowledge was high after the pre-test education, which was very important from our perspective to make sure our participants were able to adequately receive the information they need to make a decision like this,” said Morgan, a genetic counselor at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

In an interview with CancerNetwork, Morgan explained how these results can affect health care providers’ knowledge of genetic testing moving forward.

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From our perspective, we really see this model as a way to more effectively disseminate information. So whether that be to patients but also importantly to their doctors. So you're absolutely right in terms of having a multidisciplinary team and the more that we can engage not only a patient, but their community and their providers to build the biggest sort of network of resources we can, I think that's important. And these digital tools I think, can create a centerpiece for patients and their physicians to come together and both learn