The professional quality criteria of Italian breast screening radiologists: results from a national survey comparing the programmes started in 2000-2012versus the ones started in 1990-1999

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Introduction. In Italy, because of increasing health care budget and staff shortages, the most recent local mammography screening programmes have been established under poorer conditions compared with earlier programmes.

Methods. Using data from a national questionnaire survey, we made a comparison of main professional characteristics between the radiologists working in programmes established in 2000-2012 and those working in programmes established in 1990-1999.

Results. The former reported more years of experience and a greater clinical mammogram reading volume. Conversely, they dedicated less working time to breast imaging, and were less likely to participate in the diagnostic assessment of screen-detected lesions, to work in large-staffed screening centres, and to have a screening and a total (screening and clinical) mammogram reading volume ≥5000 per year.

Conclusion. Most of major experience-related characteristics of Italian mammography screening radiologists have deteriorated over time.

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Doralba Morrone

Livia Giordano

Franca Artuso

Daniela Bernardi

Chiara Fedata

Alfonzo Frigerio

Daniela Giorgi

Carlo Naldoni

Gianni Saguatti

Daniela Severi

Mario Taffurelli

Daniela Terribile

Leonardo Ventura

Lauro Bucchi

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Morrone, D., Giordano, L., Artuso, F., Bernardi, D., Fedata, C., Frigerio, A., Giorgi, D., Naldoni, C., Saguatti, G., Severi, D., Taffurelli, M., Terribile, D., Ventura, L., & Bucchi, L. (2017). The professional quality criteria of Italian breast screening radiologists: results from a national survey comparing the programmes started in 2000-2012versus the ones started in 1990-1999. Annali dell’Istituto Superiore Di Sanità, 53(2), 163-166. Retrieved from https://annali.iss.it/index.php/anna/article/view/383
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