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Revista Española de Salud Pública

versão impressa ISSN 1135-5727


GARRIDO ELUSTONDO, Sofía et al. Opinion and Participation in the Regional Early Breast Cancer Detection Program in 2007 on the part of family physicians from a health district in the Autonomous Community of Madrid, Spain. Rev. Esp. Salud Publica [online]. 2008, vol.82, n.2, pp.201-208. ISSN 1135-5727.

Background: Mammogram screening is the most effective method for the early detection of breast cancer. The objective of this study is to evaluate the degree of knowledge, the opinion and the participation in the early breast cancer detection program on the part of the family physicians of the Autonomous Community of Madrid. Methods: The population studied was comprised of family physicians from Madrid Health District Seven. An anonymous, self-administered questionnaire comprised of 30 questions grouped into physician’s characteristics and opinion concerning the early breast cancer detection programs. Results: A total of 46% of the physicians replied. A total of 94% of the physicians believed that it is their duty to inform their patients concerning preventive activities, including breast cancer screening, and 95% believed their advice to be useful for convincing women to have a mammogram. A total of 72% believed information to be lacking on this program. During the time when mammograms are being taken at their centres, 24% of the physicians surveyed always or almost always ask the women if they have any doubts or would like further information, 43% having set up appointments for them and 95% advising them to have a mammogram taken. Conclusions: The family physicians have a good opinion of the early breast cancer detection program and feel their advice to be effective for improving the participation in the program. They report lack of information and inform women about the program to only a small degree.

Palavras-chave : Family physicians; Breast neoplasm; Screening; Attitude; Health Knowledge; Attitudes, Practice.

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