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Can a patient-centered approach improve the uptake of genetic testing by relatives

Blood relatives of people with BRCA mutations meet national guidelines for testing. Health care providers are limited in their ability to reach out to relatives of patients due to HIPPAA, putting increased pressure on patients who test positive to contact their relatives. Cascade testing – where one member who tests positive for a mutation notifies relatives – is considered an effective way to improve uptake. Currently about 30% of people who meet national guidelines undergo testing for BRCA. This proposal would use our PaGeMe rubric to develop patient generated messaging to help people speak to relatives about genetic testing and navigate them through the testing process.

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