Clinical breast examination of asymptomatic women - Attitudes and clinical practice

Thistlethwaite, J., Stewart, R. and Evans, R. (2008) Clinical breast examination of asymptomatic women - Attitudes and clinical practice. Australian Family Physician, 37 5: 377-379.

Author Thistlethwaite, J.
Stewart, R.
Evans, R.
Title Clinical breast examination of asymptomatic women - Attitudes and clinical practice
Journal name Australian Family Physician   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0300-8495
Publication date 2008-05-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 37
Issue 5
Start page 377
End page 379
Total pages 3
Place of publication South Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Language eng
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.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
 
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