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Gaceta Sanitaria

versión impresa ISSN 0213-9111


MOLINA-BARCELO, Ana; SALAS TREJO, Dolores  y  MIRANDA GARCIA, Josefa. Women's satisfaction with waiting times for further investigation in breast cancer screening. Gac Sanit [online]. 2011, vol.25, n.5, pp.357-362. ISSN 0213-9111.

Objectives: To determine the factors associated with satisfaction with waiting times for further investigation in breast cancer screening. Methods: We carried out a cross-sectional study by telephone survey of a representative sample of women (N=316) participating in the breast cancer screening program of the autonomous region of Valencia (Spain) who required additional tests to confirm the diagnosis. Descriptive analysis was performed by contingency tables (p<0.05) and multivariate association by odds ratios (OR) of logistic regression models (95%CI). Results: Satisfaction with the waiting time was 78.6%. A higher risk of dissatisfaction was found in women from a "high" social class (OR=3.17; 95% CI: 1.10-9.14), those who perceived that the waiting time was "more than 2 weeks", both "since the notification of the need for further investigation until completion of the first test" (OR=15,54; 95%CI: 5,87-41,12) and "since the completion of the last test until notification of the final result" (OR=11.57; 95% CI: 2.96-45.19), and in women who experienced the attention as "worse than expected" (OR=15.40; 95% CI: 1.41-168.64). The maximum waiting time acceptable to the highest percentage of women was "up to 1 week" for each waiting period (n=47, 73.5%; n=14, 45.2%). Conclusions: Waiting times of no more than 1 week and never more than 2 weeks for each waiting period are recommended. Women should be given an approximate waiting time, paying special attention to women aged 45 to 54 years attending their initial screening.

Palabras clave : Breast cancer; Screening; Further investigation; Patient satisfaction; Waiting times.

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