Factors influencing participation in breast cancer screening

Lynne Edgar, Marie Glackin, Caroline Hughes, Katherine Rogers

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Despite the efficacy of mammography and the widespread promotion of screening programmes, a significant number of eligible women still do not attend for regular breast screening. An integrative review methodology was considered the most appropriate means to critically analyse the available literature pertaining to factors which influence participation in breast cancer screening. From the extensive literature search, 12 selected core research papers met the inclusion criteria and were incorporated in the literature review. Four themes emerged from the literature which impact on participation in mammography screening: psychological and practical issues, ethnicity issues, influence of socioeconomic status and issues related to screening programmes. The recent Independent Review Panel on Breast Cancer Screening endorsed the importance of access to information which clearly communicates the harms and benefits of breast screening to enable women to make informed decisions about their health. The recommendations from the panel and others have been included in this review.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1021-1026
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 18 Nov 2013

Bibliographical note

Lynne Edgar was a Masters student who was jointly supervised by Marie Glackin and Katherine Rogers. Lynne was awarded a Masters degree with Distinction for her dissertation on which this paper is based. This study was condcuted in collaboration with Action Cancer.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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