Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Letters Telling Women About Breast Density May Be Difficult To Understand, Study Suggests

The New York Times (4/26, Rabin) “Well” blog reports that research published in JAMA found that many women whose mammograms indicate that they have dense breast tissue “receive letters in the mail about the finding that can be hard to decipher.”


The NPR (4/26, Neighmond) “Shots” blog reports that investigators “analyzed the language and content of notifications in 23 states.” The researchers “found wide variation in how the information was presented.” The study also found “the wording of some notifications so complex that only a Ph.D. could understand them.”


Aunt Minnie (4/27, Yee) reports that the investigators “found that some of the highest readability levels for density notifications were in states with the lowest literacy levels.” For instance, “in Texas almost 20% of adults lack basic literacy skills, but the readability level of the breast density notification letters for this state ranged from eighth grade to college level.” 


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