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Trusting technology: women aged 40-49 years participating in screening for breast cancer - an exploratory study


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Willis, KF and Baxter, J (2003) Trusting technology: women aged 40-49 years participating in screening for breast cancer - an exploratory study. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 27 (3). pp. 282-286.

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Objective: This paper reports key findings from an exploratory study of factors associated with women’s decision to participate in mass mammography
screening in Tasmania. In particular, we explored factors that contribute to the choice to participate in screening by women who are outside the primary target group, and for whom the evidence of benefit remains contentious.
Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with a small sample of women aged between 40 and 49 years in rural
Tasmania who had participated in mammography screening.
Results: Key ideas that appeared to shape participation included the fear of breast cancer, trust in technology, and taking responsibility for health. Information
provision is also an important factor in shaping participation patterns. Conclusions and implications: In order to facilitate informed consent, information
provision in this area should take account of the dominant ideas that shape the decision to participate in breast cancer screening.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Adult,Breast Neoplasms/diagnosis, Female, Humans, Mammography, Mass Screening, Middle Aged, Patient Participation, Rural Population, Social Support, Tasmania
Journal or Publication Title: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Page Range: pp. 282-286
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-842X.2003.tb00395.x
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Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 05:47
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:23
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