The different phases of screening should correspond to different communication modalities and information needs. These recommendations aim to determine the optimal strategies to inform women about screening results such as negative results and recall for further assessment.

How to inform women who have a negative result: the use of letters

To inform women who have negative screening result, the ECIBC's Guidelines Development Group (GDG) suggests:

  • using a letter
    (conditional recommendation, very low certainty of the evidence)
  • against using a phone call
    (conditional recommendation, very low quality of the evidence)
  • against using a face-to-face interview
    (conditional recommendation, very low certainty of the evidence)

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How to invite women for further diagnostic assessment: letters plus phone calls

The ECIBC's Guidelines Development Group (GDG) suggests using a letter plus phone call for inviting women for further diagnostic assessment within a breast cancer screening programme (conditional recommendation, low certainty of the evidence).

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