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Evidence Brief: Accuracy of Self-report for Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening

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Evidence Brief: Accuracy of Self-report for Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening

Prepared by:
Evidence Synthesis Program (ESP) Coordinating Center
Portland VA Health Care System
Portland, OR
Mark Helfand, MD, MPH, MS, Director

Recommended Citation:
Anderson J, Bourne D, Peterson, K, Mackey K. Evidence Brief: Accuracy of Self-report for Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening. VA ESP Project #09-199; 2019.


Download PDF: Brief, Supplemental Materials

Purpose

The ESP Coordinating Center (ESP CC) is responding to a request from the VHA Performance Workgroup for an evidence brief on the accuracy of patient self-report for cervical and breast cancer screening. Findings from this evidence brief will help the VHA Performance Workgroup decide whether to continue the current practice of accepting patient self-reported data on cervical and/or breast cancer screening or require medical record documentation of prior screening, which is currently the standard for colorectal cancer screening.

Key Questions

Key Question 1: What is the accuracy of self-reported measures of cervical and breast cancer screening compared to medical records?

Key Question 2: What are the potential adverse effects and unintended consequences of using or not using self-reported measures of cervical and breast cancer screening?

Key Question 3: Do the accuracy and/or adverse effects of using self-reported measures of cervical and breast cancer screening vary by patient or measure characteristics or setting?

See also

Evidence Brief: Accuracy of Self-Report for Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening (Management eBrief)