[The Breast Unit in the European and national policy documents: similarities and differences]

Recenti Prog Med. 2013 Nov;104(11):564-8. doi: 10.1701/1370.15225.
[Article in Italian]


Aim of this study is to assess differences and similarities in official European and Italian Ministry of Health policy documents referring to the subject "Breast Unit". The T-Lab software package for textual analysis was used to analyze the documents. This instrument permits the identification of the most frequent used words and the semantic network associated with "Breast Unit". Results show that the European document gives more emphasis to the concept of "integrated care", delivered by a multi-professional team that meets the clinical, psychological and informational needs of the patient. The Italian document gives more prominence to themes related to the clinical content of the interventions and managerial aspects through the use of clinical guidelines.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Breast Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Delivery of Health Care, Integrated / organization & administration*
  • Europe
  • Female
  • Health Policy
  • Humans
  • Italy
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic