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Experiences and perceptions about undergoing mammographic screening: a qualitative study involving women from a county in Sweden
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4629-7781
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare. Natl Board Hlth & Welf, Evaluat & Anal Unit, Stockholm, Sweden..ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9059-599X
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3787-1040
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3307-6779
2018 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 13, no 1, article id 1521256Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Purpose:An organized population-based mammographic screening programme aims for an early detection of potential breast abnormalities so that treatment can commence. Continuous participation and a high attendance rate are vital for an effective programme. It is important to understand the underlying reasons for participation in mammographic screening, should there be factors that are amendable within reason and could be adjusted. Therefore, the invited women are valuable sources of information. This study aimed at describing the experiences and perceptions about mammographic screening of women from three municipalities in a Swedish county.Method:Six semi-structured focus-group discussions, each with four to five participants, were held. Content analysis was then conducted.Results:The screening procedure, such as staff professionalism, was covered. Other people's opinions and the woman's own understanding affected the women's decisions on whether or not to undergo the procedure. Structural conditions, such as travel time and financial issues, were sources of concern. However, the offer to perform mammographic screening was perceived with gratitude.Conclusions:Structural conditions, risk and time perceptions, the screening procedure, attitudes towards undergoing it and appreciation of its benefit may influence the women's continuous willingness to be screened, which in turn may affect public and individual health.

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TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD , 2018. Vol. 13, no 1, article id 1521256
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Experiences, focus groups, mammographic screening, participation, perceptions, public health, qualitative study
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Health Sciences Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-41008DOI: 10.1080/17482631.2018.1521256ISI: 000444566400001PubMedID: 30215571Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85053259288OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-41008DiVA, id: diva2:1251398
Available from: 2018-09-27 Created: 2018-09-27 Last updated: 2018-09-27Bibliographically approved

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