A2 Review article in a scientific journal

Are women satisfied with their experience with breast cancer screening? Systematic review of the literature

List of Authors: Pagliarin F, Pylkkanen L, Salakari M, Deandrea S

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Publication year: 2021

Journal: European Journal of Public Health

Journal name in source: European journal of public health

Journal acronym: Eur J Public Health

Volume number: 31

Issue number: 1

Number of pages: 10

ISSN: 1101-1262

eISSN: 1464-360X

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/ckaa202



The evaluation of participant experience is an essential part of monitoring the quality of breast cancer screening services. Satisfaction of services can lead to good adherence and hence affect health outcomes.


We performed a systematic review to assess how satisfied women were with organized breast cancer screening programs. A literature search in Medline, CINAHL, Embase and PsycINFO from 1965 to October 2019 was performed. Articles reporting a quantitative measure of satisfaction collected via questionnaires in programs using mammography as a screening test were selected. We narratively synthesized the data and used tabulated summaries.


Out of 4310 individual citations, 3099 abstracts were reviewed by two independent researchers, and 126 articles were selected for full-text reading. Finally, 48 studies, published between 1990 and 2018, were included in analysis, reporting 54 surveys in the context of an organized screening program, 37 on satisfaction with screening mammography, 14 on satisfaction with further assessments and 3 with counseling. Most studies reported a high level of satisfaction for both mammography and further assessments. Despite commonly reported temporary pain, discomfort and anxiety, the willingness to be re-screened was very high. Effective information transfer, the staff's interpersonal skills and quick delivery of results correlated with high satisfaction. Only 7 out of 54 surveys used recognized satisfaction instruments or their modifications.


In general, satisfaction with breast cancer screening is high, but its evaluation is mainly performed using non-validated instruments. Emphasis should be put on effective communication, the staff´s interpersonal skills and quick delivery of results.

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