[Risk management in a regional screening program for breast cancer in the region of Lazio, Italy]

Ann Ig. 2006 Nov-Dec;18(6):467-79.
[Article in Italian]


In the Lazio Region, it has been put into effect a plan of clinical Risk Management for the Breast Cancer Screening Regional Program (BCSP), involving all of the 12 Local Health Units and the Public Health Agency of Lazio (ASP). Being the BCSP a health care service, it consists of a perfect integration of health care structures, professionals and skills working for the citizens. This program originates from an unexpressed health need and leads to a evidence-based health benefit. The BCSP provides free breast screening for 700,000 women aged between 50 and 69 in the Lazio region; the Public Health Agency carries out the clinical governance of the BCSP The prevention of errors and incidents represents a fundamental basis of governance: it is a contribution to the achievement of efficacy in breast cancer screening. The BCSP deals with screening incidents from a systemic point of view and actively involves several Local Health Units staff going through each step of the whole patient's clinical path, from the identification of the target population, to the oncological treatment of positive cases. The programme is an integration of different tools: literature research, process analysis using the HFMEA methodology and reporting system. The results reached so far are the following: the regional severity rating scale, the regional Master-List of possible adverse events, occurrence and detection rating scale.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Breast Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Breast Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Italy
  • Mammography*
  • Mass Screening / methods*
  • Mass Screening / organization & administration
  • Middle Aged
  • Pilot Projects
  • Public Health
  • Risk Management*
  • Severity of Illness Index