Breast cancer screening services in 3 areas - uptake and satisfaction

Vaile, M.S.B. and Calnan, M.W. and Rutter, D.R and Wall, B. (1993) Breast cancer screening services in 3 areas - uptake and satisfaction. Journal of Public Health Medicine, 15 (1). pp. 37-45. ISSN 0957-4832. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

The objective of our study was to test whether attendance for breast cancer-screening and satisfaction with the service could be predicted from a knowledge of the woman's social and psychological characteristics. In a prospective design, demographic characteristics, self-reported health status and behaviour, expectations and attitudes were examined through postal questionnaires sent out shortly before the invitation to screening, and the measures were used to predict subsequent attendance and satisfaction. The sample was taken from three areas in the South-East Thames Regional Health Authority providing a Forrest service - one rural, one provincial and one inner city - and consisted of 3160 women aged 50-64 invited routinely for screening. The main predictors of attendance were the woman's attitude to being screened and her belief that 'salient others' wanted her to attend. The main predictors of satisfaction with the service were the behaviour of the staff and the facilities at the centre. Three implications of the findings are discussed: (a) health education should include partners, relatives and friends of the target women, as their views had as much effect on attendance as did the women's attitudes; (b) staff training and development should focus on communication with the patient; (c) further research should examine the precursors of reported discomfort and pain.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > Kent Institute of Medicine and Health Sciences (KIMHS)
Depositing User: O.O. Odanye
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2009 15:43
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2014 13:42
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/20724 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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