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Helen Salisbury: Should I persuade patients to have mammograms?

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l1409 (Published 03 April 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1409

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Re: Helen Salisbury: Should I persuade patients to have mammograms?

Back in 2012, despite increasing evidence of breast screening harms and lack of benefit, GPs were being paid to encourage women to participate in the programme as part of 'local enhanced services payments' if a health authority deemed recruitment was getting too low.1
Such payments were not ethical then; in light of today's knowledge, are they not destined to invite litigation?

1 Blennerhassett M. Breast cancer screening: an ethical dilemma, or an opportunity for openness? Quality in Primary Care 2013; 21:39-42

Competing interests: No competing interests

05 April 2019
Mitzi A J Blennerhassett
medical writer/author, bmj patient reviewer
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Slingsby, York, North Yorkshire.