The effect of telephone versus print tailoring for mammography adherence

Victoria Champion, Celette Sugg Skinner, Siu Hui, Patrick Monahan, Beth Juliar, Joanne Daggy, Usha Menon

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Objective: The purpose of this intervention was to increase mammography adherence in women who had not had a mammogram in the last 15 months. Methods: A prospective randomized intervention trial used four groups: (1) usual care, (2) tailored telephone counseling, (3) tailored print, (4) tailored telephone counseling and print. Participants included a total of 1244 women from two sites-a general medicine clinic setting serving predominately low-income clientele and a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO). Computer-tailored interventions addressed each woman's perceived risk of breast cancer, benefits and/or barriers and self-efficacy related to mammography screening comparing delivery by telephone and mail. Results: Compared to usual care all intervention groups increased mammography adherence significantly (odds ratio 1.60-1.91) when the entire sample was included. Conclusions: All interventions groups demonstrated efficacy in increasing mammography adherence as compared to a usual care group. When the intervention analysis considered baseline stage, pre contemplators (women who did not intend to get a mammogram) did not significantly increase in mammography adherence as compared to usual care. Practice implications: Women who are in pre contemplation stage may need a more intensive intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)416-423
Number of pages8
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2007


  • Intervention
  • Mammography
  • Screening
  • Tailored intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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