Is it feasible to train diagnostic radiographers to deliver a psycho-educational intervention to promote early presentation of breast cancer amongst older women? A pilot study
© BioMed Central Ltd 2008
Published: 7 July 2008
To develop and pilot a training programme for radiographers to deliver a psycho-educational intervention to women receiving their final invited mammogram with the National Health Service Breast Screening Programme (NHSBSP).
A 10-minute structured interview has been developed and tested, which aims to improve older women's knowledge about breast symptoms and personal risk, and to increase confidence to detect a breast change. The intervention is quality assured against competency ratings on the content and style of the interview.
Includes didactic teaching, communication skills training, experiential learning using role-play with actors and feedback on videotaped interviews. Skills are rehearsed in a clinic setting with mentoring from trained radiographers.
Feasibility of training in the NHSBSP was tested with four radiographers working in the South East and South West London breast screening services. Competence and confidence to deliver the interview were assessed before and after training.
All four radiographers completed the training programme. Three of the four radiographers were assessed as competent and all increased their confidence to deliver the intervention.
It is feasible to train diagnostic radiographers to reliably deliver an intervention to promote early presentation of breast cancer, and thereby potentially save lives.