Physicians and the teaching of breast self-examination: implications from a survey at a university teaching hospital

Am J Public Health. 1985 Jun;75(6):673-5. doi: 10.2105/ajph.75.6.673.


We surveyed 80 physicians from four specialties (Family Medicine, General Medicine, General Surgery, Ob-Gyn) to investigate how they taught breast self-examination (BSE). Only half reported personally teaching BSE. Few MDs reported routinely using techniques to assess BSE competency. Most (72 per cent) claimed no formal training in teaching BSE; 10 per cent claimed no training at all. Techniques used to teach BSE may vary, and physicians may lack the training to teach BSE.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Breast*
  • Data Collection
  • Education, Medical
  • Female
  • Hospitals, University
  • Humans
  • Medicine
  • North Carolina
  • Palpation*
  • Patient Education as Topic / methods*
  • Specialization