for people ages 18-50 (full criteria)
healthy people welcome
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The CHARM (Cancer Health Assessment Reaching Many) study will assess the utility of clinical exome sequencing and how it affects care in diverse populations. The study population includes adults at risk for hereditary cancer syndromes. The primary objective is to implement a hereditary cancer risk assessment program in healthy 18-50 year-olds in primary care settings within a vertically integrated health delivery system (Kaiser Permanente) and a federal qualified health center (Denver Health). The investigators will assess clinical exome sequencing implementation and interpretation, as well as tailored interactions for low health literacy including a contextualized consent process, and a modified approach to results disclosure and genetic counseling. The investigators will also assess the clinical utility (healthcare utilization and adherence to recommended care) and personal utility of primary and additional results from clinical exome sequencing, and evaluate the ethical and policy implications of considering personal utility of genomic information decisions for health care coverage.

Official Title

Exome Sequencing in Diverse Populations in Colorado & Oregon


Aim 1. Implement a hereditary cancer risk-assessment program in healthy 18-50-year-old adults in primary care settings, with stakeholder input, and offer exome sequencing to clarify risk.

Aim 1A. Identify and recruit 880 adult participants at-risk of a hereditary cancer syndrome.

Aim 1B: Generate medical exome sequence data and interpret variants. Aim 1C: Disclose findings from medical exome sequencing, incorporate results into the electronic medical record (EMR), and facilitate downstream patient management and coordination of care with the provider.

Aim 1D. Engage stakeholders to tailor and optimize the program in diverse populations.

Aim 2. Evaluate and tailor for diverse populations the critical interactions in the program, including the consent process, choices for reporting additional findings, and the response to results disclosure.

Aim 2A. Design, implement, and assess a contextualized consent process to support informed decision-making about participation in research about medical exome sequencing.

Aim 2B. Design, implement, and compare a novel decision aid in the second half of the study for selecting the optional categories of additional findings with the approach we developed in CSER1 that offered a category checklist.

Aim 2C. Design, implement, and compare a modified (communication-focused) approach to results disclosure, genetic counseling, and decision making with a standard (information-focused) approach.

Aim 3. Evaluate the clinical utility (including personal utility) and cost of using exome sequencing to diagnose individuals with hereditary cancer syndromes and provide additional findings.

Aim 3A: Measure the yield of reportable findings for hereditary cancer syndromes and additional findings.

Aim 3B: Evaluate subsequent healthcare utilization for all study participants and adherence to recommended care among individuals who are identified with a hereditary cancer syndrome in diverse settings.

Aim 3C. Assess the personal utility of exome sequencing, including primary and additional findings.

Aim 4. Address pragmatic and ethical challenges to the integration of genomic medicine into clinical and health systems decision-making.

Aim 4A: Develop and pilot a system that integrates genomic, clinical, and healthcare utilization data to inform clinicians and patients acting on genomic information and to reduce care gaps in patient management.

Aim 4B: Advance the analysis of the ethical and policy implications of incorporating personal utility of genomic information into the decision framework for healthcare coverage.


Hereditary Cancer Syndrome Lynch syndrome Hereditary breast and ovarian cancer Neoplastic Syndromes, Hereditary Modified genetic counseling Traditional genetic counseling


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18-50

  • Kaiser Permanente Northwest or Denver Health patient
  • Screens as high risk for a hereditary cancer syndrome via the risk assessment tool algorithms OR have unknown family history on either their mother or father's side of the family (or both)
  • No known personal mutation that predisposes them to Lynch syndrome or hereditary breast and ovarian cancer
  • English or Spanish speaker

You CAN'T join if...

  • Known personal mutation
  • Not an English or Spanish speaker
  • Unable to provide informed consent
  • Don't want results placed in their medical record


not yet accepting patients
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June 26, 2018