Effect of Reminder Telephone Calls on Mammography Compliance in High Risk
Annual rept. 15 May 2005-14 May 2006
CREIGHTON UNIV OMAHA NE
Pagination or Media Count:
Even though mammography has been proven to be effective in reducing breast cancer mortality this simple screening measure is underutilized by women who are at an inordinately high risk for developing breast cancer. The effect of a reminder telephone call intervention has not been studied in this high-risk population where the need for compliance is crucial. The hypothesis for this study is that a simple reminder telephone call will significantly increase mammography frequency in high-risk women compared to a control group. Four-hundred and twenty-eight women have consented to participate in the study. Interestingly, 332 76 reported obtaining annual mammography for at least the past two years. Therefore, only subjects who were non-compliant by self-report n32 were randomized to the intervention or control group. Reminder and follow-up telephone calls have been completed on 30 94 of the women randomized to the study. A preliminary statistical analysis was conducted. A statistical difference p0.0027 was seen between the two groups. In conclusion, these findings support the hypothesis that mammography compliance in high risk women can be increased if an intervention such as a simple reminder call is implemented thereby leading to an early diagnosis and potential cure.
- Medicine and Medical Research