E-messaging to Follow-Up on Abnormal Mammograms in Latinas

Principal Investigator:
Ingrid Oakley-Girvan, Ph.D.
Carlos Londono, M.D. (Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center)
Funding Source:
California Breast Cancer Research Program Community Research Collaboration Award
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Although Latina women receive mammograms at rates similar to Caucasian women, they are less likely to have follow-up for an abnormal mammogram.  This can delay any cancer diagnosis such that the cancer is more advanced when found.  This study is testing an Automated Breast follow-up Communication (ABC) message for improving attendance at follow-up appointments for abnormal mammograms.   We will evaluate the acceptability, content and methods of implementation for an ABC program from a Latina patient perspective to overcome barriers to timely appointments and from the health provider perspective to improve development of a follow-up care plan after an abnormal mammogram. As part of this work, we are conducting a randomized clinical pilot test comparing our culturally competent ABC message intervention to regular care.  Should this new intervention prove effective at reducing follow-up time, we can start using it with a local community partner, Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center (TVHC), and other providers and organizations.  


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