Volume 10 Supplement 3

Symposium Mammographicum 2008

Open Access

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

  • C Burgess1,
  • P Whelehan2,
  • L Omar1,
  • L Tucker1,
  • L Kedge1 and
  • A Ramirez1
Breast Cancer Research200810(Suppl 3):P19

https://doi.org/10.1186/bcr2017

Published: 7 July 2008

Objective

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).

Background

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.

Training model

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.

Evaluation

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.

Results

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.

Conclusion

It is feasible to train diagnostic radiographers to reliably deliver an intervention to promote early presentation of breast cancer, and thereby potentially save lives.

Authors’ Affiliations

(1)
Institute of Psychiatry/King's College London
(2)
King's College Hospital

Copyright

© BioMed Central Ltd 2008

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