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Can J Public Health. 1995 Jan-Feb;86(1):42-5.

Importance of physician's role highlighted in survey of women's breast screening practices.

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University of Ottawa, School of Nursing, Ontario.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To describe women's breast screening knowledge, attitudes, intentions and practices.

DESIGN:

Telephone survey.

PARTICIPANTS:

Random population-based sample of 383 women aged 50 to 69, living in Ottawa-Carleton, and having no history of breast cancer. Participation rates were 81%.

RESULTS:

Only 47% reported having had a mammogram within the two years before the survey, and 57% had received a physical breast exam within the previous year. Intentions to arrange screening were positively correlated to income, previous mammography, encouragement to have a mammogram, knowledge, knowing a person with breast cancer, an absence of negative attitudes (i.e., mammograms unnecessary), and low decisional conflict.

CONCLUSIONS:

Improvements in participation rates will be achieved only if women are convinced of the need for screening, and physicians encourage them to be screened.

PMID:
7728715
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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