TARGET Workshops - Talking About Risk in the context of Genomic Tests (TARGET)
In order to help both patients and clinicians we developed an educational program comprising a set of filmed scenarios of doctors talking to patients with different characteristics and risk test results. The scenarios provide opportunities for participants to consider the communication challenges with the different types of patients. The materials were produced as part a BCRF grant.
During workshops, participants were encouraged to consider how they: structure test result discussions with patients; explain risk and check patients' understanding of this. To evaluate efficacy we audiotaped clinicians discussing genomic test results with a simulated patient (actor) before and after the workshops. Their communication skills were assessed subjectively (clinician self-assessment) and objectively by the actor patient and two independent researchers.