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Public Health Rep. 1994 Jul-Aug;109(4):491-9.

Medical community involvement in a breast cancer screening promotional project.

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Public Health Sciences Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA 98104.


The analysis, mobilization, and involvement of medical communities in two counties targeted for intervention by the Washington State Community Breast Cancer Screening Project is described. Principles of community organization were applied to the health care sectors in the counties, and the PRECEDE-PROCEED model was used as a conceptual framework for considering individual physician behavior. Quantitative and qualitative medical community assessment methods included a demographic study, a survey of primary care physicians, personal interviews with physicians, and medical office staff focus groups. In both intervention areas, physician planning groups selected, developed, and helped implement intervention activities targeting the health care sectors. These activities included informational mailings to physicians, training of medical office staff members and clinical mammographers, and support for a reminder system. The experience demonstrated that physicians practicing in medium-sized cities are willing to be active in community disease prevention programs.

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