Offering informed choice about breast screening

Forbes, L J L, Ramirez, A -J, Archer, M, Cooke, J, Coulter, A, Dewar, J A, Entwistle, V, Felton, R, Kirby, J, Jones, A, Michell, M, Patnick, J, Reed, M, Richards, M, Rule, J, Spiegelhalter, D, Spika, D, Whelehan, P and Wilson, R M (2014) Offering informed choice about breast screening. Journal of Medical Screening, 21 (4). pp. 194-200. ISSN 0969-1413

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Over the last few years, there has been growing international concern about the risk of overdiagnosis in breast screening and about how to communicate this to women. There has also been an increasing policy drive to provide people with information to enable them to make an informed choice about screening. In response to this, a novel approach to developing the information about cancer screening has been adopted in England. This approach has integrated the perspectives of people eligible for screening, and experts in public engagement, informed choice, and communicating risk, as well as experts in screening. New information based on this approach has been provided to women invited for breast screening from September 2013. The new information explicitly sets out the choice to be made, and provides much more detail than previous information about overdiagnosis, the balance of benefits and harms, and the scientific uncertainties. The novel approach has also been adopted to develop new information for the bowel and cervical screening programmes in England, and could provide a model for communicating about cancer screening in other countries. © The Author(s) 2014.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Brighton and Sussex Medical School
Subjects: R Medicine
Depositing User: Esme Acton-Stewart
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2015 15:29
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2015 15:29
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