Quality Control in a National Program for the Early Detection of Breast Cancer. Women's Satisfaction With the Mammography Process

Ronit Almog, Lea Hagoel, Ada Tamir, Ofra Barnett, Gad Rennert

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Introduction: The experience of the mammography testing process and related satisfaction influence women's willingness to undergo the test again. The study goal was to assess women's overall satisfaction with the mammography examination service provided by participating units in the National Program for the Early Detection of Breast Cancer in Israel. Methods: Between August 2003 and March 2004, a random sample of 3,295 women from 38 mammography units nationwide was drawn. Women were interviewed within 48 hours of their mammography, regarding their assessment of the examination process: discomfort, overall satisfaction, and intention to rescreen. Overall satisfaction and process items were measured on an ordinal scale ranging from 1 (lowest) to 6 (highest). Multivariate binomial regression was performed to identify significant predictors of being less satisfied and to estimate the associated relative risks with 95% confidence interval (CI). Results: A response of "very satisfied" (score 6), indicating overall satisfaction with the mammography process, was reported by 77% (95% CI, 73%-80%) of the women, 19% (95% CI, 17%-21%) said they were satisfied. Willingness to rescreen was reported by 95%. Negative assessment of staff attitude was the most influential predictor of being less satisfied. Twenty-six percent of women reported experiencing very discomforting pain. This response was associated with a diagnostic test indication, and with process items directly related to the test (technician's attitude toward the patient; information provided by her; privacy during the test). Conclusions: Women's satisfaction was high, as was intention to rescreen. The gap between intention and rescreening begs further investigations as to other types of barriers preventing women from adherence to rescreening.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)110-117
Number of pages8
JournalWomen's Health Issues
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
Supported by grants from the Israel Cancer Association, and the Israeli National Institute for Health Policy Research.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Maternity and Midwifery


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