Journal article

Delayed or failure to follow-up abnormal breast cancer screening mammograms in primary care: a systematic review

Jeanette C Reece, Eleanor FG Neal, Peter Nguyen, Jennifer G McIntosh, Jon D Emery

BMC CANCER | BMC | Published : 2021


BACKGROUND: Successful breast cancer screening relies on timely follow-up of abnormal mammograms. Delayed or failure to follow-up abnormal mammograms undermines the potential benefits of screening and is associated with poorer outcomes. However, a comprehensive review of inadequate follow-up of abnormal mammograms in primary care has not previously been reported in the literature. This review could identify modifiable factors that influence follow-up, which if addressed, may lead to improved follow-up and patient outcomes. METHODS: A systematic literature review to determine the extent of inadequate follow-up of abnormal screening mammograms in primary care and identify factors impacting on ..

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Awarded by National Health Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Awarded by Cancer Research UK

Funding Acknowledgements

Jeanette C Reece is supported by a National Health Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Peter Doherty early career research fellowship (APP1120081). Jon D Emery was supported by a NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship and is a member of the senior faculty of the multi-institutional CanTest Collaborative, which is funded by Cancer Research UK (C8640/A23385). Eleanor F G Neal holds an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship. Peter Nguyen holds an Australian Government RTP Scholarship, University of Melbourne Graduate Research Access Scholarship and Margaret and Irene Stewardson Fund Scholarship.