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An Exploration of Service Delivery Models in Genetic Counseling: A Thematic Analysis

Christie, Rachelle (2012) An Exploration of Service Delivery Models in Genetic Counseling: A Thematic Analysis. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Because genetic counseling is a relatively young field, there is little research on how genetic counseling services are delivered. The majority of the literature on genetic counseling models comes from Great Britain and Wales, so does not accurately represent the limitations and barriers experienced within the United States. Thus, this study sought to provide information regarding service delivery models used in the practice of genetic counseling, identifying limitations and barriers to these models, as well as potential advantages. A qualitative research design was employed, in which 20 practicing genetic counselors that utilize unique service delivery models were interviewed using an email interview format. Interview transcripts were analyzed using a thematic analysis, and themes relating to the research question were identified and presented. Two major themes were identified: 1.) Alternative service delivery models offer convenience for both the patients and the genetic counselors; and 2.) Logistical issues are a major barrier to implementing alternative service delivery models into clinical practice. Results of this research will give genetic counselors and other health care professionals a way to better assess and evaluate the genetic counseling service models that are currently being used. This work also has public health relevance. By researching and understanding alternative service delivery models, the hope is to make genetic counseling services more accessible by creating increasing access to genetic counseling by addressing the increasing demand for genetic testing and counseling among the population.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee CoChairGrubs, Robin rgrubs@pitt.eduRGRUBS
Committee CoChairGettig, Elizabeth bgettig@pitt.eduBGETTIG
Committee MemberBurke, JGBURKE
Date: 29 June 2012
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 11 April 2012
Approval Date: 29 June 2012
Submission Date: 9 April 2012
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 69
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Genetic Counseling
Degree: MS - Master of Science
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: genetic counseling, service delivery models, thematic analysis
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2012 18:28
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:57


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