The authors put women in the centre stage and infer the discomfort experience from a set of qualitative variables: before, during and after the mammography session. The study was conducted to give a holistic idea of the experience as perceived by women, hence the contrast to earlier studies. In most of the early studies, the discomfort was assessed during the mammography by looking at variables such as anxiety, beliefs, coping strategies and so forth; the samples were large and the mammogram is at the centre stage. In other studies, the investigators went to include seemingly less related factors to the experience such as the perception of the centre and privacy. These studies, unlike their first counterparts, do not address the "during" experience. In their report the authors aim to combine the two approaches and examine the experience: before the screening (just the thought of it), through screening (the day experience), and after screening.
The authors have looked at the literature and describe it, but allowed evaluating the theoretical background of some studies such as the model used to establish the discomfort experience. In some studies, for example the number of patients and the questionnaires were both evaluated. ...Show more