Journal article

An analysis of reported discomfort caused by mammographic X-ray amongst attenders at an Australian pilot breast screening program.

J Cockburn, J Cawson, D Hill, T De Luise

Australas Radiol | Published : 1992


The aims of the study were to describe levels of discomfort experienced by women undergoing screening mammography; examine correlates of discomfort experienced and to examine whether the degree of discomfort experienced was perceived as a deterrent for re-screening. The study involved ninety five attenders at the pilot mammography screening program in Melbourne, Victoria. Women completed a questionnaire one or two days after having a screening mammogram. Pain was assessed on a seven point scale. Information was obtained on a number of possible correlates such as breast tenderness, perceptions of the service received and expectations of discomfort. Eighty-eight women were re-interviewed three..

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