Deliberations with Ontario citizens about mammography screening

Deliberations with Ontario citizens about mammography screening


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Problems and Purpose

Recent epidemiological studies have shown that mammography screening may not reduce mortality, this finding prompted countries such as Australia, Switzerland, and the UK to conduct studies to gain insights into citizens’ perspectives, but little work in Canada has been done. In particular, Cancer Care Ontario continues to recommend and remind women to receive routine mammography screening.

In light of this, the purpose of this initiative was to (1) solicit and understand public opinions on acceptable policy responses on mammography screening - citizens who are offered free mammography screening programs in the Canadian Province of Ontario were asked to share their opinions on breast cancer screening. The panel outcomes also were designed to (2) provide guidance to provincial breast cancer screening policies through the exploration of policy options that supports citizens in making an informed choice regarding mammography; moreover, the dialogue also (3) allowed researchers to analyze policy implications of an ideal breast cancer screening design based on the deliberation. 

This project is initiated by the McMaster University research team lead by Julia Abelson, Melissa Brouwers, Jonathan Sussman, Greg Pond, and the McMaster Health Forum and research assistant Laura Tripp from March 2015- April 2016.


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External Links

A recording on the public talk "Breast Cancer Screening: Making sense of the Evidence" in April 2015, hosted by Dr. Julia Abelson and the McMaster Health Forum, presented by Dr. Jonathan Sussman and Dr. Cathy Risdon, is made available on YouTube, courtesy of McMaster Health Forum.

During the deliberation, all 4 panels were shown a video created by The Canadian Task Force on Preventative Health Care (CTFPHC) called "CTFPHC: Breast cancer screening guideline 2011". The video is made available by the Task Force on YouTube.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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Sunday, May 29, 2016
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Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
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Government of Ontario
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