Increasing Follow-Up Rates Among African American Women with Abnormal Mammography Results
Annual rept. 1 Dec 2001-30 Nov 2002
NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIV AT RALEIGH
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The proportion of mammograms interpreted as abnormal in large screening programs is as high as 15-20. Thus, if 15 of the 48 million American women 40 years of age or older have mammograms, there would be more than 7 million abnormal mammography results each year. It has been estimated that 30 or more of women with abnormal mammograms fail to comply with follow-up recommendations. This proportion is disparate across racial groups, such that women from minority populations are less likely to receive follow-up than white women. There is little known about why this disparity exists and a need to find out more in order to decrease the number of black women dying from this disease. This study proposes to look at this existing problem from a new perspective-- that of the African American woman. The goal of this study is to improve the rates of follow-up in African American women after an abnormal mammogram result by understanding the variables that predict follow-up and developing an innovative intervention through community input that overcomes obstacles to follow-up.
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