Publication Abstract

Authors: Johansson I, Berterö C

Title: Getting no respect: barriers to mammography for a group of Swedish women.

Journal: Health Care Women Int 24(1):8-17

Date: 2003 Jan

Abstract: Mammography screening is a highly sensitive and specific method to detect breast cancer at an early stage. If screening campaigns are to be cost effective, compliance is valuable. However, many women do not attend when called for mammography screening. Our aim in this study is to understand and explain why women become nonattenders. A sample of 16 nonattending women, aged between 43 and 73 years, participated in this qualitative study, by interviews or written comments. The core category discovered in the data was "getting no respect." The informants did not feel respected from either the society or the health care system. Below this core category, two categories were identified: the mammography examination and affecting circumstances. The performance and its effects comprised the content of the category of mammography examination. The category affecting circumstances included knowledge about risk factors, prevention, and practical or emotional arguments.