J Breast Cancer. 2013 Sep;16(3):335-341. English. Original Article. https://doi.org/10.4048/jbc.2013.16.3.335
Department of Surgery, Soonchunhyang University Seoul Hospital, Seoul, Korea. email@example.com
Division of The Teacher Training Course, Soonchunhyang University, Asan, Korea.
Department of Pediatrics and Medical Genetics, Asan Medical Center Children's Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
Department of Preventive Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, and Cancer Research Institute, Seoul National University, and Department of Biomedical Sciences, Seoul National University Graduate School, Seoul, Korea.
Department of Preventive Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, and Cancer Research Institute, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.
Department of Surgery, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam, Korea.
Department of Surgery, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
Department of Surgery, Yeungnam University College of Medicine, Daegu, Korea.
Department of Surgery, St. Vincent's Hospital, The Catholic University of Korea School of Medicine, Suwon, Korea.
Department of Surgery, Soonchunhyang University Hospital, Cheonan, Korea.
Department of Surgery, Korea Cancer Center Hospital, Korea Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences, Seoul, Korea.
Department of Surgery, Dongnam Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences, Busan, Korea.
PURPOSE: Systematic educational programs and genetic counseling certification courses for hereditary breast/ovarian cancer (HBOC) have not yet been introduced in Korea. We provided and evaluated the effects of genetic counseling education on Korean healthcare providers' knowledge, awareness, and counseling skills for patients at high risk of HBOC.
METHODS: A 3-day educational program was conducted for healthcare providers who were interested in genetic counseling for patients at high risk of HBOC. Participants who completed a knowledge test and satisfaction questionnaire were included in the present sample. Pre-post comparisons were conducted to determine the effects of the intervention.
RESULTS: Significant differences between preprogram and postprogram knowledge scores were observed (p=0.002). Awareness (p<0.001) and confidence (p<0.001) regarding genetic counseling significantly increased after the training. Doctors and participants with fewer years of work experience performed well on the knowledge test. Previous educational experience was correlated with increased confidence in knowledge and counseling skills.
CONCLUSION: Genetic counseling education regarding HBOC improved knowledge and awareness of HBOC and enhanced confidence in the counseling process. The effects varied according to occupation and participants' previous education. The implementation of systematic educational programs that consider participant characteristics may improve the effects of such interventions.