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Prev Med. 1992 Jan;21(1):8-17.

Mammography knowledge and intentions among insured women.

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  • 1Graduate School of Public Health, San Diego State University, California 92182.


METHOD. A survey was conducted among 1,113 randomly selected insured state university employees to evaluate knowledge of the American Cancer Society mammography guidelines, awareness of insurance coverage for screening mammograms, previous guideline adherence, and future mammography intentions.


The survey, which included two mailings with follow-up phone cells of nonresponders, had a refusal rate of 6%. Respondents were relatively more likely to know the guideline for older age groups; 77% knew the guidelines for women 50+. Over one-third of the responders were not aware that their insurance policy covered screening mammograms. For women who had never had a mammogram, insurance knowledge was significantly related to intentions to have a mammogram in the future. Previous screening adherence, as well as future intentions, was positively related to the age of the respondent. The results are contrasted with those of previous studies, and the implications for the content of future breast cancer screening campaigns are discussed.

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