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Review: preprocedure information, breast cushions, and patient-controlled breast compression reduce mammography pain

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D Miller

Dr D Miller, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand;


How effective are interventions for reducing the pain of screening mammography?


Studies selected compared interventions to reduce the pain or discomfort of screening mammography (eg, interventions preparing women before the mammogram, affecting staff or the physical environment of the screening facility, or altering aspects of the examination procedure) with placebo or usual care in women of any age. Outcomes were pain or discomfort of the procedure and image quality of the mammogram.


Specialised Register of the Cochrane Breast Cancer Group, Medline, EMBASE/Excerpta Medica, and CINAHL (to 2006); and Current Controlled Trials and UK National Research Register (to …

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