Title

Factors influencing mammogram ordering at the time of the office visit

RIS ID

57392

Publication Details

Conry, C. M., Main, D. S., Miller, R. S., Iverson, D. C. & Calonge, B. N. (1993). Factors influencing mammogram ordering at the time of the office visit. The Journal of Family Practice, 37 (4), 356-360.

Abstract

Breast cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in women, with mammographic screening the only modality shown to decrease the death rate. However, only 17% to 41% of women have ever been screened, and multiple barriers to screening have been identified. This study examined physician and patient factors at a single encounter to explore components influencing mammography ordering. Ten family physicians in a primary care research network completed daily data cards on encounters with women presenting for annual examinations, chronic problems, or breast-related complaints. Information collected included patient age, personal or family history of breast cancer, physician's perception of expected compliance, previous mammogram results, breast examination, physician's perception of need for a mammogram, whether the mammogram was ordered, and the patient's method of payment for the test.