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Overview

The diagnostic process from screening mammogram to biopsy has the potential to cause a great deal of anxiety among women, particularly because there are few quality information and support resources available, and many of their questions remain unanswered. This project aims to develop an interactive cancer communication system specifically for women with an abnormal screening mammogram. The primary outcomes for this pilot study are to:

  1. Evaluate the impact of CHESS-Mammo on women with abnormal screening mammograms. The effect of CHESS-Mammo will be measured in the following domains: knowledge, psychological distress and self-efficacy, and physician satisfaction.
  2. Determine how women utilize CHESS-Mammo by analyzing CHESS use data from patients in the intervention arm.

The Need

The diagnostic process from screening mammogram to biopsy has the potential to cause a great deal of anxiety among women, particularly because there are few quality information and support resources available, and many of their questions remain unanswered. However, little support is available between the screening mammogram and diagnosis, which can be a period of several weeks. This study will show how a cancer communication system (CHESS -Mammo) can provide valuable information, decrease patient anxiety, aid healthcare decision-making and and influence a patient's diagnostic experience. The results of this pilot project will be used to further study the implementation of CHESS-Mammo at the community level.

Details

Recruitment for this pilot study began in April 2010 and will continue through February 2012. One hundred thirty (130) women will be recruited from the UW Carbone Cancer Center's Breast Center. Participants will be asked to complete three surveys at pretest, diagnostic mammogram and biopsy (only those women needing this procedure).

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