Volume 10 Supplement 3

Symposium Mammographicum 2008

Open Access

Promoting early presentation of breast cancer amongst older women: radiographers' experiences of taking on a new role

  • L Tucker1,
  • L Omar1,
  • C Burgess1,
  • L Kedge1,
  • P Whelehan2 and
  • A Ramirez1
Breast Cancer Research200810(Suppl 3):P81

https://doi.org/10.1186/bcr2079

Published: 7 July 2008

Introduction

The London Psychosocial Group has been funded by Cancer Research UK to implement and evaluate a psychoeducational intervention to promote early presentation amongst older women with breast cancer. The intervention is designed to be radiographer-delivered to women receiving their final invited mammogram with the National Health Service Breast Screening Programme.

Objective

To report the experiences of research radiographers in delivering the 10-minute intervention to women in breast screening clinics.

Methods

Reflective diaries and supervision records were used to collate the experiences of radiographers delivering the intervention as part of a research trial and to discuss emerging issues and challenges for widening the role of diagnostic radiographers across the National Health Service.

Results

The main challenges included learning and rehearsing a structured interview, delivering complex health messages within time constraints using behavioural change techniques, and dealing with unexpected events, including emotional distress, during interviews. Benefits included enhanced interaction with women attending screening and extending the usual role of the radiographer.

Conclusion

It was beneficial yet demanding for radiographers to extend their role in this way. Not all radiographers may be motivated or suitable to undertake this work. Training and ongoing supervision are essential to support radiographers who deliver the intervention.

Authors’ Affiliations

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

Copyright

© BioMed Central Ltd 2008

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