Giada Pietrabissa's STSM in Porto
During the STSM several meetings with researchers/PhD students from the University of Porto - Portugal initiated by presenting them my research interests and recent findings as well as by getting interested in details of their investigations - thus sharing ideas on common research interests in the field of healthcare/psychotherapy research as foundations for further collaboration.
Moreover, I conducted a workshop focused on the brief strategic therapy approach for the treatment of mental health, which gave me the opportunity of sharing personal knowledge and to provide students of the host institution with high education in the field of psychotherapy.
A systematic screening of the literature in search of studies exploring the process of decision-making and adherence to personalized preventive programs (PPP) as a response to positive genetic testing for cancer risk in unaffected individuals was also conducted. Original articles exploring the extent the family history and the system influence the individual’s process of decision making and adherence to PPP were also searched, together with records investigating how the choice of undergoing PPP influences the psychosocial status of the applicant and of his/her family.
Preliminary results were discussed with the research group and the multidisciplinary in-hospital team participating in a study aimed at connecting people and system to support an effective psychosocial adjustment to genetic testing in the context of inherited cancer risk.
It is expected to organize face-to-face/online meeting to discuss obtained results, and to plan future phases of the ongoing research, whose findings will be presented in scientific conferences and published in scientific peer-reviewed journals.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank Dr. Celia Sales, for sharing with me her experience and knowledge, and being such a tremendous supervisor during my stay in Porto. Also, thank you COST for the chance and the financial support for this STSM.