Skip to main content

Volume 8 Supplement 1

Symposium Mammographicum 2006

  • Poster Presentation
  • Published:

Addressing pain on compression: women and radiographers working together

Pain on compression is a major source of complaints to screening programmes. Fear of pain may affect women's participation and thus limit a programme's potential to reduce mortality. This poster describes a quality improvement project on pain in which radiographers and women worked in partnership.

BreastScreen Victoria screens over 200,000 women each year. Our Screening and Assessment Services audit complaints and provide a forum for consumer advisory groups to discuss these complaints and offer recommendations for quality improvement. A Radiography 'Q' Group is responsible for monitoring and reviewing state-wide service quality and safety.

A strategy to manage pain on compression was developed at BreastScreen Victoria's Bendigo service. The service monitored complaints about pain, consulted its Consumer Advisory Group, and devised an information-based strategy that successfully reduced complaints and improved women's experience. The Radiography Q Group has further developed the strategy and is currently overseeing its implementation at all screening sites.

The success of the Pain on Compression project confirms the value of a radiographer-specific quality group working with women to achieve improvements in our screening programme.

Author information

Authors and Affiliations



Rights and permissions

Reprints and permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Galloway, L., Conneely, M., Gibbins, C. et al. Addressing pain on compression: women and radiographers working together. Breast Cancer Res 8 (Suppl 1), P61 (2006).

Download citation

  • Published:

  • DOI: