Clinical breast examination of asymptomatic women: attitudes and clinical practice

Thistlethwaite, Jill, Stewart, Rebecca, and Evans, Rebecca (2008) Clinical breast examination of asymptomatic women: attitudes and clinical practice. Australian Family Physician, 37 (5). pp. 377-379.

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Well woman health checks are offered in general practice and may include breast examination.

METHODS: The authors explored the attitudes of general practitioners toward clinical breast examination as a screening test in asymptomatic women. Twenty-seven GPs were interviewed about their current practice and opinions of the value, advantages and disadvantages of breast examination. The interview data was analysed qualitatively.

RESULTS: Most GPs performed clinical breast examinations and had no wish to change their practice. The GPs had different opinions about the value of breast examination, few of which were evidence based.

DISCUSSION: It is difficult to change doctors' practice based on evidence alone when the practitioner has personal opinions concerning the value of a procedure. However, women need to be fully informed of the efficacy of clinical breast examination if such examinations are to be performed.

Item ID: 5884
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: breast examination; screening; well woman health checks; general practice
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ISSN: 0300-8495
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2010 00:06
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111717 Primary Health Care @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111716 Preventive Medicine @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920507 Womens Health @ 67%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920412 Preventive Medicine @ 33%
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