Question Prompt List to Support Patient-Provider Communication in the Use of the 21-Gene Recurrence Test: Feasibility, Acceptability, and Outcomes. Academic Article uri icon


  • PURPOSE: The 21-gene recurrence score (RS) assay is used to guide breast cancer treatment decisions but can be poorly understood by patients. We examined the effects of a question prompt list (QPL) on knowledge, distress, and decisional conflict related to genomic testing and treatment in early-stage breast cancer. METHODS: We describe the feasibility and acceptability of the QPL and the impact of the QPL on knowledge, distress, and decisional conflict before and after the receipt of the QPL (MEND 2, N = 65). We also compared distress and decisional conflict between women who received the QPL (MEND 2, N = 65) and a comparable group of women who did not receive the QPL who participated in an earlier observational study within the same clinics (MEND 1, N = 136). RESULTS: MEND 2 participants indicated high acceptability and feasibility using the QPL. Knowledge increased post-QPL (P < .01) but did not decrease distress. Decisional conflict was lower among women in MEND 2 compared with those in MEND 1 (P < .01), with no statistically significant differences in distress. CONCLUSION: The findings suggest that the QPL is feasible, acceptable, can improve knowledge and decrease decisional conflict in the large group of women deciding treatment while integrating RS test results.

published proceedings

  • JCO Oncol Pract

altmetric score

  • 1

author list (cited authors)

  • Jayasekera, J., Vadaparampil, S. T., Eggly, S., Street, R. L., Foster Moore, T., Isaacs, C., ... O'Neill, S. C.

citation count

  • 12

complete list of authors

  • Jayasekera, Jinani||Vadaparampil, Susan T||Eggly, Susan||Street, Richard L||Foster Moore, Tanina||Isaacs, Claudine||Han, Hyo S||Augusto, Bianca||Garcia, Jennifer||Lopez, Katherine||O'Neill, Suzanne C

publication date

  • October 2020