Journal of Genetic Counseling

, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp 1005–1007 | Cite as

The Contribution of the Reciprocal-Engagement Model as a Theoretical Framework of a Portuguese Scale for Quality Assessment of Genetic Counseling

  • C. Costa
  • M. S. Lemos
  • Milena PanequeEmail author
Letter to Editor

We read the seminal article “Coming full circle: a reciprocal-engagement model of genetic counseling practice” (McCarthy Veach et al. 2007) that resulted from the process of defining a model of genetic counseling and practice normalization, encompassing contributions from previous models. The Reciprocal-Engagement Model (REM) proposed by the authors served as the theoretical-practical foundations of the recently developed Portuguese scale for quality assessment of genetic counseling (Paneque et al. 2018).

To develop the new scale, we carried out a careful analysis of the REM, of its construction process, and of the principles on which it was based. The REM represents a valuable proposal for the interrelationship among theory, research, and practice in genetic counseling. The model is successful in defining the key areas of the genetic counseling process, delineating the provision of information as a fundamental part of that process; defining relationship as an integral part of...



The authors thank Milaydis Sosa for proofreading this letter.

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Conflict of Interest

C. Costa, M. S. Lemos, and Milena Paneque declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.i3S – Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em SaúdeUniversidade do PortoPortoPortugal
  2. 2.IBMC – Instituto de Biología Molecular e CelularUniversidade do PortoPortoPortugal
  3. 3.CGPP – Centro de Genética Preditiva e PreventivaUniversidade do PortoPortoPortugal
  4. 4.FPCEUP – Faculdade de Psicologia e Ciências da EducaçãoUniversidade do PortoPortoPortugal

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