Use of written forms doubles breast cancer detection rate

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Published: 11 Mar 2009
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Dr William Goodson - Senior Clinical Research Scientist, California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute
When clinicians used simple written forms to focus attention during clinical breast exams, the rate of breast mass detection from the previous year doubled without retraining clinicians, thus affirming the importance of clinician attentiveness. This finding, researchers say, can be applied to all aspects of medicine and undermines the need for intensive training, complicated techniques, and medical reimbursement codes to improve this simple, yet valuable procedure. Speaking at the 2008 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.