A systematic review of people’s experiences of breast screening

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Summary of report content

Wessex Voices were commissioned by Public Health commissioning, NHS England and Improvement South East, to conduct a systematic review of breast screening literature. The aim was to understand the views of people eligible for breast screening and identify gaps in knowledge and areas where further insight is needed.

Between April and July 2021, Wessex Voices reviewed literature compiled from a variety of sources published since 2000. QA total of 105 sources were reviewed, 83 published between 2011 and 2021, and 18 between 2001 and 2010. 4 Peer reviewed articles from before 2000 are also included.

Many of the findings suggest that further personalisation to reflect people’s experiences according to their age, protected characteristics and other demographics would benefit the whole screening process. This would improve people’s awareness and understanding of the breast health screening, as well as improved experiences of screening. In turn this could enhance uptake, especially with groups where the reis currently low uptake, and reduce inequalities.

The report makes 18 recommendations, covering: NHSE/I National Breast Screening Programme, Public Health commissioning and Screening and Immunisation Teams (SITs), Cancer Alliances, and Breast Screening Providers.

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General details

Report title 
A systematic review of people’s experiences of breast screening
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Dorset
Healthwatch Hampshire
Healthwatch Isle of Wight
Healthwatch Portsmouth
Healthwatch Southampton
Date of publication 
Wednesday, 1 September, 2021
Date evidence capture began 
Thursday, 1 April, 2021
Date evidence capture finished 
Friday, 30 July, 2021
Key themes 
Health promotion
Health protection
Public involvement
Other information of note about this report 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
What type of organisation requested the work 
Other government body
If this work has been done in partnership, who is the partner? 
Public Health commissioning, NHS England and Improvement(NHSEI)South East

Details of health and care services included in the report

Secondary care services 
Breast screening
Cancer services

Details about conditions and diseases

Conditions or diseases 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.