A Randomized Trial of Letters From Family Physicians to Encourage Screening Mammography in Overdue Women
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A randomized, double-blinded study conducted in British Columbia, Canada, where there is a publicly funded, organized screening program and screening mammography is recommended at 24-month intervals. Eligible women aged 51-73 years old and overdue for their screening mammogram by 6-24 months are identified in the database of the Screening Mammography Program of BC (SMPBC). Family physicians are recruited by mail and asked to sign letters to the overdue women in their practices. The overdue women are randomized and mailed either the signed reminder letter and the standard reminder postcard, or the standard reminder postcard alone. The primary endpoint is the proportion of overdue women attending a screening mammogram appointment 6 months after the mailing.
Condition or disease
Other: Standard Reminder PostcardOther: Family Physician Reminder Letter
A Randomised Study of Screening Mammography Return Rates in Overdue Women Due to Standard Screening Mammography Program of British Columbia (Smpbc) Reminders Versus Reminder Letters Signed by Women's Family Physicians
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Ages Eligible for Study:
51 Years to 73 Years (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Active family physicians (family physicians, general practitioners or primary care physicians) who have overdue women in their practice that meet the following criteria:
Previously been enrolled in the SMPBC and had a previous normal screening mammogram.
Have agreed to being contacted for research on the SMPBC questionnaire
Are 6-24 months overdue from their last screening mammogram
Live in BC
Have listed an active family physician as the contact to receive their mammography results
Family physicians who do not work in primary care
Family physicians who do not have overdue women in their practice