Editorials

What general practitioners should do about breast screening

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6974.204 (Published 28 January 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:204
  1. Paul A Creighton
  1. General practitioner Broomhill Health Centre, Morpeth NE65 0SR

    Employ more staff, set priorities, and delegate

    Despite evidence that the national breast screening programme is working well, primary health care teams could do still more to improve uptake.1 2 Why, for example, are rates of breast screening in Grampian lower than those of childhood immunisation and cervical screening (as reported in this week's journal, p 2293)?

    General practitioners are well placed to encourage women to attend for breast screening, and they have received guidelines on improving the quality and uptake of the screening programme and on ensuring that women receive information and counselling.4 Yet their wholehearted commitment seems doubtful,5 6 and Rudiman and colleagues have tried to …

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