Research Round-up – February 2020 – Dr Alison Beauchamp

 

Dr Kristi Milley spoke to Alison Beauchamp, Senior Lecturer in the School of Rural health at Monash University in Victoria about the recently published paper, ‘The impact of translated reminder letters and phone calls on mammography screening booking rates: Two randomised controlled trials’.

Globally, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. Yet, participation in mammographic screening for breast cancer in Australia is only 54% among the general population, with even lower rates among women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. Alison discusses a collaboration with BreastScreen, the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and Deakin University that engaged with consumers to co-create resources that better meet the needs of women from Italian and Arabic speaking communities. Alison also discusses the results of testing two different interventions and how these results are now improving routine practice to increase screening in CALD groups.   

 

 

Reference

Beauchamp, A. et al. The impact of translated reminder letters and phone calls on mammography screening booking rates: Two randomised controlled trials. 2020. PLOS ONE 15(1): e0226610. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0226610