Who gets repeat screening mammography: the role of the physician

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Department of Quantitative Health Sciences

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Boston; Female; Hospitals, University; Humans; Internship and Residency; Mammography; Middle Aged; Patient Selection; Physician's Practice Patterns; Physicians, Women; Women's Health


Biostatistics | Epidemiology | Health Services Research


To determine rates of, and explore physician factors associated with, repeat mammography, administrative data for 791 women aged 50 years and older were examined. Three-fourths of the women (73%) received repeat mammography (i.e., a second mammogram was obtained within six to 18 months of the first). Provider factors associated with higher repeat mammography rates were: being a woman, practicing in the women's health group rather than the general internal medicine service, and being a fellow or an attending physician (p-values < 0.01). Patients of women attendings/fellows had higher repeat mammography rates than did those of men attendings/fellows, men residents, and women residents. Characteristics (gender, level of training) of providers strongly influence their patients' screening behavior.

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J Gen Intern Med. 1995 Sep;10(9):520-2. Link to article on publisher's site

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Journal of general internal medicine

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