A Retrospective Evaluation of a Nurse Practitioner-Led Cancer Genetics Program

Carrie A. Thompson, Jane Tiedt, Mirjeta Beqiri, Deborah W. Smith

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Background: Genetics research is not routinely disseminated into gastroenterology clinical practice, thereby missing opportunities to identify hereditary cancer syndromes. Aim: To identify effectiveness outcomes of a nurse practitioner–led cancer genetics program. Methods: The Donabedian model was used to identify program effectiveness outcomes. A screening tool was administered to 10,324 patients. Conclusions: Pathogenic variant carriers were identified in 35% of patients tested. Program screening and surveillance met effectiveness outcomes criteria; tumor testing as a method of screening did not. Nurse practitioner–led cancer genetics programs integrate evidence-based guidelines and provide person-centered care to enhance quality care outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)276-284
Number of pages9
JournalJournal for Nurse Practitioners
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2022


  • cancer genetic screening
  • gastroenterology
  • nurse practitioner
  • outcomes
  • surveillance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


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