The emotional consequences of false positive mammography: African-American women's reactions in their own words

Deborah K. Padgett, Michael J. Yedidia, Jon Kerner, Jeanne Mandelblatt

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High false positive rates associated with screening for breast cancer in the United States have an unintended psychological consequence for women (Lerman et al., 1991) that has raised concerns in recent years (Sox, 1998). This study uses inductive qualitative analysis of open-ended interviews with 45 African American women living in New York City who were part of a larger study of women and their experiences after receiving an abnormal mammogram. Themes resulting from the analyses included: inadequate provider-patient communication, anxieties exacerbated by waiting and wondering, and fears of iatrogenic effects of follow-up tests such as biopsies and repeat mammograms. While more research is needed on message-framing strategies for women entering mammographic testing and follow-up, modest changes in service delivery such as improved medical communication can help to alleviate fears and enhance trust.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalWomen and Health
Volume33
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

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Keywords

  • Cancer screening
  • Mammography
  • Psychological distress
  • Qualitative analysis
  • Women's health

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  • Medicine(all)

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The emotional consequences of false positive mammography : African-American women's reactions in their own words. / Padgett, Deborah K.; Yedidia, Michael J.; Kerner, Jon; Mandelblatt, Jeanne.

In: Women and Health, Vol. 33, No. 3-4, 2001, p. 1-14.

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Padgett, Deborah K. ; Yedidia, Michael J. ; Kerner, Jon ; Mandelblatt, Jeanne. / The emotional consequences of false positive mammography : African-American women's reactions in their own words. In: Women and Health. 2001 ; Vol. 33, No. 3-4. pp. 1-14.
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