Approach to the utilization of screening mammography in two health regions

Almazan C, Borras JM, de la Puente ML, Gimenez A, Granados A
Record ID 31996008306
Catalan, English, Spanish
Authors' objectives:

To know the current utilization trends of screening mammography regarding the criteria of starting age of the screening, as defined in the Catalan Health Plan, and the activity of the mammographers. Methods:Cross-sectional study design.

Authors' results and conclusions: The variables included are age, exploration date, town, motive of the request. Overall, 45% of the screening mammographers requested in the health sectors studied correspond to the age group recommended according to the age criteria. Similar results are observed in the centres that perform the mammographies. Mean daily activity was 11,1 explorations per mammographer (mean: 11.1 mammographies; SD: 4.5 mammographies).
Authors' recomendations: Approximately half of the mammographies with a breast cancer screening intention are made out of the recommended age group and in ages in which effectiveness has not been proven. Therefore, there is a need to strengthen current recommendations on the appropriateness of breast cancer screening. These recommendations might yield to a more efficient use of health care resources.
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 1995
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Spain
MeSH Terms
  • Breast Neoplasms
  • Mammography
  • Mass Screening
Organisation Name: Agencia de Qualitat i Avaluacio Sanitries de Catalunya
Contact Address: Antoni Parada, CAHTA, Roc Boronat, 81-95 (2nd floor), 08005 Barcelona, Spain, Tel. +34 935 513 928, Fax: +34 935 517 510
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