Navigation Links
Reminders Boost Mammography Appointments
Date:7/14/2009

Prompts for breast exams improve compliance, study finds

TUESDAY, July 14 (HealthDay News) -- Breast cancer screenings increased more than 17 percent through the use of a reminder program for women who were due for a mammogram, a new U.S. study shows.

Kaiser Permanente staff checked electronic health records of its 35,000 members to identify women aged 50 to 69 who hadn't had a mammogram for 20 months. They were sent a postcard reminder. If they didn't make an appointment within a month, they received an automated reminder call. If they didn't respond to that in a month, they received another automated reminder call. If they still didn't make an appointment, they received a phone call from a clerk in the radiology department.

Within 10 months of the first reminder notices being sent, more than 75 percent of the women had come in for mammograms, compared to 63.4 percent before the start of the reminder program. After the second year of the program, 80.6 percent of the women had come in for mammograms.

The study appears in the August issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

"We know mammograms are effective, but too many women put them off, even when they have health insurance," study author Dr. Adrianne Feldstein, an investigator at Kaiser Permanente's Center for Health Research in Portland, Ore., said in a news release.

"This study is the first to show that these reminder programs can be effective in such a large group of women. If we could improve the country's mammography rate by the same amount, we could detect as many as 25,000 additional cases of breast cancer a year," she said.

Regular mammograms can reduce breast cancer deaths by more than 30 percent. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends breast cancer screenings every one to two years for women over age 40. However, current screening rates are well below the guidelines.

More information

The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more about breast cancer screening.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Kaiser Permanente, news release, July 14, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Text Messaging Medication Reminders Significantly Reduces Organ Rejection in Pediatric Liver Transplant Recipients
2. There is No Place Like CareMinders Home Care and the Dedication and Commitment of the Owners
3. New Study Finds Text-Messaging Reminders Effective in Improving Adherence to Sunscreen Use
4. Mail and electronic reminders may increase colon cancer screening
5. Reminders Help Patients Get Better Care
6. Verizon Wireless Customers Can Now Get Medication Information and Dosing Reminders with the Pill Phone Application on Their Phones
7. Smilebox and Lifetime Television Promote Breast Cancer Awareness With Multimedia Designs for Sending Mammogram Reminders and Celebrating Courage
8. Multiple Advantages to Boost Deployment of Wireless and Handheld Devices in Healthcare, States Frost & Sullivan
9. Antibiotics May Boost Risk for Recurrent Ear Infection
10. Study to see if video games can boost thinking skills in elderly
11. Health care outcome boost needs better studies
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Reminders Boost Mammography Appointments
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... January 20, 2017 , ... Vitamin Well has launched ... The drinks have been produced in collaboration with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and have been ... , After a successful launch in Sweden last year, the next generation sports ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... January 20, 2017 , ... “The Angel”: a ... has set out for each of his children. “The Angel” is the creation of ... Music in New York City, and impassioned writer. , When asked of her new ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... , ... “I Forgive You”: a fine examination of how God handles sin, including how ... published author, Stephen Miller, who, for over ten long years has been waiting to release ... Trinidad and Tobago, he has been serving the Lord for over twenty years, and he ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... , ... January 20, 2017 , ... “Christmas in Suffolk”: ... of published author, Sara Seymour, who lives in Lafayette, Indiana where she works in ... on iced coffees and writes. , Published by Christian Faith Publishing, Sara Seymour’s new ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... 2017 , ... “Knowledge is God’s Lighthouse”: a moving and colorful collection ... is the creation of published author, Gene Gaapf, a retired truck driver, and a ... have been writing since high school and have many different titles,” Gaapf mentions about ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/19/2017)... NEW YORK , Jan. 19, 2017 ... ... Forecast 2016-2026: Opportunities for Leading Companies – our new ... new report discusses issues and events affecting the Alzheimer,s ... qualitative analyses to answer these key questions: - How ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... , Jan. 19, 2017  Stealth BioTherapeutics Inc. ... to treat mitochondrial dysfunction, today announced new additions to ... M.D., as Chief Medical Officer, and Daniel Geffken ... announced that Jim Carr , Pharm.D. has been ... "We are pleased to welcome Doug and Daniel to ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... -- Accuray Incorporated (Nasdaq: ARAY ) announced ... set the bar for excellence in customer satisfaction. The ... rating among radiation treatment delivery systems in the U.S., ... Briefing™. The most recent ratings trend also shows Accuray ... for 11 of the past 12 quarters. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: