Review: Communication of individualized risk estimates improves uptake of screening procedures

March 2004
ACP Journal Club;Mar/Apr2004, Vol. 140 Issue 2, p44
Academic Journal
The article analyses if communication of individualized risk estimates could be more effective than general information on risk for improving knowledge about, and uptake of, screening procedure in those persons who are considering whether to participate in screening programs. Studies were selected if they were randomized controlled trials of persons facing real decisions about participating in screening programs that compared interventions providing information on individualized risk with those providing information on generalized risk. The main outcome was uptake of screening tests. Screening programs included mammography or gene testing in relation to breast cancer risk.


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