Longitudinal follow-up after telephone disclosure in the randomized COGENT study

Madison K. Kilbride, Brian L. Egleston, Michael J. Hall, Linda J. Patrick-Miller, Mary B. Daly, Pamela Ganschow, Generosa Grana, Olufunmilayo I. Olopade, Dominique Fetzer, Amanda Brandt, Rachelle Chambers, Dana F. Clark, Andrea Forman, Rikki Gaber, Cassandra Gulden, Janice Horte, Jessica M. Long, Terra Lucas, Shreshtha Madaan, Kristin MattieDanielle McKenna, Susan Montgomery, Sarah Nielsen, Jacquelyn Powers, Kim Rainey, Christina Rybak, Michelle Savage, Christina Seelaus, Jessica Stoll, Jill E. Stopfer, Xinxin (Shirley) Yao, Susan M. Domchek, Angela R. Bradbury*

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Purpose: To better understand the longitudinal risks and benefits of telephone disclosure of genetic test results in the era of multigene panel testing. Methods: Adults who were proceeding with germline cancer genetic testing were randomized to telephone disclosure (TD) with a genetic counselor or in-person disclosure (IPD) (i.e., usual care) of test results. All participants who received TD were recommended to return to meet with a physician to discuss medical management recommendations. Results: Four hundred seventy-three participants were randomized to TD and 497 to IPD. There were no differences between arms for any cognitive, affective, or behavioral outcomes at 6 and 12 months. Only 50% of participants in the TD arm returned for the medical follow-up appointment. Returning was associated with site (p < 0.0001), being female (p = 0.047), and not having a true negative result (p < 0.002). Mammography was lower at 12 months among those who had TD and did not return for medical follow-up (70%) compared with those who had TD and returned (86%) and those who had IPD (87%, adjusted p < 0.01). Conclusion: Telephone disclosure of genetic test results is a reasonable alternative to in-person disclosure, but attention to medical follow-up may remain important for optimizing appropriate use of genetic results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1401-1406
Number of pages6
JournalGenetics in Medicine
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2020


  • cancer genetic testing
  • communication of genetic test results
  • medical management after genetic testing
  • multigene panel testing
  • telephone communication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics(clinical)


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