Journal article

Quality of care for women presenting with benign breast conditions

P Livingston, S Hirst, M Pitcher, GB Mann, J Collins, J Hayman

INTERNAL MEDICINE JOURNAL | BLACKWELL PUBLISHING ASIA | Published : 2005

Abstract

The aim of the study was to investigate the management of women with benign breast problems. A consecutive sample of women (n = 194) was assessed who presented to public or private sector providers. The main reasons for referral were breast lumps (62%); 56% of women who attended the public sector did not receive any recommendation compared to 40% who attended the private sector and clinical/general practitioner reviews were recommended to more women in the private sector (54%). Reasons for the discrepancy between public and private patients require further investigation.