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Table 1 Thematic overview of the GPE course

From: Anxiety and depression symptoms among women attending group-based patient education courses for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer

• User perspective of a women carrying a BRCA mutation who is an “expert by experience” a
• General information about hereditary breast and ovarian cancers and the consequences of being a mutation carrier, including the family perspective
• Information about risk-reducing bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy and hormone replacement therapy
• Medical information about prophylactic bilateral mastectomy
• Discussions about body image and sexuality
• Information from patient networking groups
• Interaction between the course participants in small groups, which gives them an opportunity to learn from each other and reinforce a feeling of not being alone
  1. a “Expert by experience”: a BRCA carrier who received her gene test results several years ago