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Quality of care for women presenting with benign breast conditions

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The aim of the study was to investigate the management of women with benign breast problems. A consecutive sample of women (n = 194) was assessed who presented to public or private sector providers. The main reasons for referral were breast lumps (62%); 56% of women who attended the public sector did not receive any recommendation compared to 40% who attended the private sector and clinical/general practitioner reviews were recommended to more women in the private sector (54%). Reasons for the discrepancy between public and private patients require further investigation. (Intern Med J 2005; 35: 357–358)

Keywords: benign breast disease; private sector; public; timelines to diagnosis

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer, The Cancer Council Victoria 2: Western Breast Services Alliance, Western Hospital 3: Western Breast Services Alliance, Royal Melbourne Hospital, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Publication date: June 1, 2005

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