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To learn about patient barriers to accessing genetic medicine, we will analyze anonymous posts from a membership-based online community [Inspire.com], and investigate how these barriers differ for various populations. We will then test whether these barriers can be addressed by providing online access to a genetic counselor to answer patient questions for one group of patients (virtual advisory board group) and compare to that of a control group who does not have access to a genetic counselor (virtual peer-to-peer board group).


Clinical Trial Description

Genomic medicine has the potential to advance diagnoses, predict risk, support prevention efforts, and inform treatment decision-making. Though technologies for measuring genetic variants have improved and become more cost-effective, clinical integration of genomic medicine has been surprisingly slow. For genomic medicine to be successfully implemented across specialties and across demographics, the systemic barriers that patients experience need to be identified and addressed. Online health support is becoming an increasingly important part of healthcare as more patients use digital health networks. In the first part of this study, an analysis of online communication in a membership-based online support community [Inspire.com] will identify systemic, structural and individual barriers to accessing genomic medicine. A genetic counselor will be informed to these results and will be part of the intervention arm of the study. To assess the extent to which online health networks can directly help genomic medicine implementation, participants will join one of two Virtual Discussion Boards (a Virtual Advisory Board and a Virtual Peer-to-Peer Discussion Board). In the intervention arm, the Virtual Advisory Board will have a genetic counselor answer patient questions online about genomic medicine once every week for a period of three months. In the control arm, participants will answer and comment on each others' questions in the Virtual Peer-to-Peer Discussion Board. We hypothesize that after six months, patients who participate in the Virtual Advisory Board are more likely to self-report receiving genomic medicine than those in the control arm. After completion of the study, participants in the Peer-to-Peer Discussion Board, we will give online access to the genetic counselor to answer any questions ;


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NCT number NCT05064241
Study type Interventional
Source Boston Children's Hospital
Contact Catherine A Brownstein, PhD
Phone 6173554764
Email [email protected]
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date October 1, 2021
Completion date September 30, 2024

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