Offering informed choice about breast screening

Forbes, Lindsay J.L. and Rule, Joanne and Spika, Devon and Archer, Mary and Cooke, Julie and Coulter, Angela and Dewar, John A. and Entwistle, Vikki and Felton, Roger and Kirby, Jessica and Jones, Alison and Michell, Michael and Patnick, Julietta and Reed, Malcolm and Richards, Mike and Spiegelhalter, David and Whelehan, Patsy and Wilson, Robin M. and Ramirez, Amanda J. (2014) Offering informed choice about breast screening. Journal of Medical Screening, 21 (4). pp. 194-200. ISSN 0969-1413. E-ISSN 1475-5793. (doi: (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Over the last few years, there has been growing international concern about the risk of overdiagnosis in breast screening and about how to communicate this to women. There has also been an increasing policy drive to provide people with information to enable them to make an informed choice about screening. In response to this, a novel approach to developing the information about cancer screening has been adopted in England. This approach has integrated the perspectives of people eligible for screening, and experts in public engagement, informed choice, and communicating risk, as well as experts in screening. New information based on this approach has been provided to women invited for breast screening from September 2013. The new information explicitly sets out the choice to be made, and provides much more detail than previous information about overdiagnosis, the balance of benefits and harms, and the scientific uncertainties. The novel approach has also been adopted to develop new information for the bowel and cervical screening programmes in England, and could provide a model for communicating about cancer screening in other countries.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Breast neoplasms; Choice behaviour; Mass screening; Health information; Consumer involvement
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Tony Rees
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2016 10:18 UTC
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2016 14:10 UTC
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