Failure to comply with a mammography appointment. An analysis of indigent patients' reasons

Stuart J. Cohen, Valerie P. Jackson, Patricia G. Booher, Patrick J. Loehrer

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A study was conducted to examine reasons why indigent women fail mammography appointments. The appointments were made from primary care clinics of a city/county hospital to a breast center located at the same hospital. Patients failing mammography appointments scheduled during a 1-month interval were surveyed by telephone about their reasons for failure. Of the 33 women contacted, 18 had subsequently obtained a mammogram. The primary reasons for failure to keep appointments among women later rescheduling were barriers such as lack of transportation or being too ill, and social obligations such as needing to care for another. The obstacles for those not rescheduling tended to be the cost of the test and the time required for its performance. Also cited were fear of pain and lack of belief in the importance of mammography. If identified when appointments are made, many of these obstacles might be surmountable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-110
Number of pages4
JournalBreast Disease
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 1991


  • appointment compliance
  • cancer screening
  • indigent
  • mammography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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