Patients choose mammography facilities by ease of getting there

August 2nd, 2008 - 12:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, Aug 2 (IANS) Patients prefer mammography facilities closer to home or work locations and it is for this reason that they often change such facilities, according to a study conducted by University of Cincinnati Medical Centre. The study comprised 303 current mammography patients (”stayers”) and 117 patients who no longer received mammography at the university-based centre (”leavers”), said Mary C. Mahoney, co-author of the study.

Among the “leavers” 37 percent cited proximity to home or work as the reason for leaving the centre and choosing a new mammography provider. Other reasons included difficulty in scheduling appointments (15 percent).

Fourteen percent of those who left the university-based centre indicated that their current mammography provider was mandated by their insurance provider.

According to the study, the “stayers” most frequently cited doctor or hospital referral (20 percent) and the quality of care at the university-based site (19 percent) as the reasons they chose to continue to have their mammograms there.

When asked about the most positive factor regarding the patient’s most recent visit, “stayers” most frequently cited friendliness of staff and technologists.

“As a result of this study, we have opened a free-standing patient-centred facility in a more convenient location, designed specifically for our screening mammography patients,” said Mahoney.

This study is scheduled to appear in the August issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.

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