Experience and Perceptions of a Family Health History Risk Assessment Tool among Multi-Ethnic Asian Breast Cancer Patients.

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A family health history-based risk assessment is particularly valuable for guiding cancer screening and treatment strategies, yet an optimal implementation depends upon end-users' values and needs. This is not only true prior to disease development, but also for those already affected. The aim of this study is to explore perceptions of the value of knowing one's family health history (FHH)-based risk, experience using a patient-facing FHH tool and the potential of the tool for wider implementation. Twenty multi-ethnic Asian patients undergoing breast cancer treatment in Singapore completed an FHH-based risk assessment. Semi-structured one-on-one interviews were conducted and data were thematically analyzed. All participants were female and slightly more than half were Chinese. The acceptance and usage of an FHH risk assessment tool for cancers and its broader implementation was affected by a perceived importance of personal control over early detection, patient concerns of anxiety for themselves and their families due to risk results, concerns for genetic discrimination, adequacy of follow-up care plans and Asian cultural beliefs toward disease and dying. This study uniquely sheds light on the factors affecting Asian breast cancer patients' perceptions about undergoing an FHH-based risk assessment, which should inform steps for a broader implementation in Asian healthcare systems.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Yoon, S; Goh, H; Fung, SM; Tang, S; Matchar, D; Ginsburg, GS; Orlando, LA; Ngeow, J; Wu, RR

Published Date

  • October 19, 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 11 / 10

PubMed ID

  • 34683187

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC8536959

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2075-4426

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3390/jpm11101046


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Switzerland