Genetics and Molecular Biology
Print version ISSN 1415-4757
DE PINA-NETO, João M. and PETEAN, Eucia Beatriz L.. Genetic counseling follow-up - a retrospective study with a quantitative approach. Genet. Mol. Biol. [online]. 1999, vol.22, n.3, pp. 295-307. ISSN 1415-4757. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1415-47571999000300003.
The impact of genetic counseling (GC) was evaluated in families, who were interviewed at least two and half years and at most seven years after GC at the Genetics Service of the University Hospital, Faculty of Medicine of Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo (HC, FMRP, USP). The 113 families interviewed in this study were asked 48 questions and all children born after GC were studied clinically. We evaluated the families for spontaneous motivation for GC and understanding of GC information, their reproductive decisions, changes in the family after GC and the health status of new children. The majority of families seen at the Hospital das Clínicas de Ribeirão Preto were not spontaneously motivated to undergo GC. They had a low level of understanding about the information they received during GC. Generally families were using contraceptive methods (even when at low genetic risk) with a consequent low rate of pregnancies and children born after GC. These families also had a very low rate of child adoption and divorces when compared to other studies.