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GPs should send women automatic breast screening alerts

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Automatic alerts should be sent to women reminding them about breast screening in order to increase attendance, say UK researchers.

They suggest that primary care could play a vital role in addressing this issue. Non-attendance for screening is around 25%, a percentage that has remained almost static for the more than 10 years since the NHS National Screening Programme started.

‘Addressing screening uptake within the screening population age group of 50-70 years has attracted considerable focus by researchers to identify better strategies and approaches to this issue,’ the researchers said.

They concluded that attendance rates could be improved with relative ease with the implementation of a knowledge-based alert system. Such a system would allow healthcare workers to prompt women to be screened who may otherwise ignore the voluntary call for testing.

General practices could thus have a computerised system able to identify those women likely not to attend for breast screening and send out a prompt signed by their GP accordingly, they conclude.

Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology (2009) 2: 172-188

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