Utilization of screening mammography among middle-aged and older women

Matthew Lee Smith, Angela K. Hochhalter, Sangnam Ahn, Meghan M. Wernicke, Marcia G. Ory

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Aims: This study examines patterns of screening mammogram use, investigating the relationship of screening with demographic, health status, and healthcare factors. Methods: Data from 1242 women aged ≥41 were obtained from a random sample of mailed surveys to community households in an eight-county region in Central Texas in 2010. The dependent variable was the timing of the participants' most recent screening mammography (in the past 12 months, between 1 and 2 years, or >2 years). Predictor variables included demographic, health status, and healthcare access factors. Multinomial logistic regression identified variables associated with screening mammography practices. Results: The majority of women reported having at least one mammogram during their lifetime (93.0%) and having a mammography within the past 2 years (76.2%). Participants who reported not having a routine checkup in the past 12 months (odds ratio [OR] 0.12, p<0.001), having a lapse of insurance in the past 3 years (OR 2.95, p<0.05), and living in a health provider shortage area (OR 1.42, p<0.05) were less likely to be screened within the past 2 years. Conclusions: Routine healthcare plays a major role in preventive screening, which indicates screening mammography practices can be enhanced by improving participation in routine checkups with medical providers, continuity of insurance coverage, and women's access to healthcare. Interventions to encourage screening mammography may be particularly needed for women who have experienced a lapse in insurance or have not had a checkup in the past year.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1619-1626
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Women's Health
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2011

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  • Medicine(all)


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