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Disabling factors review


The Healthcare Commission started an inquiry into Disabling factors in breast screening and breast treatment services and commissioned the Unit and RADAR to collect a sample of first hand accounts of care and treatment. The inquiry is to inform NHS and other providers’ provision of care and treatment, and will feed into the new Care Quality Commission’s work on equalities and diversity. 

Research team

Jill Manthorpe, SCWRU
Shereen Hussein, SCWRU
Nigel Charles, Independent Consultant


Healthcare Commission


Breast screening is a well established public health programme but there are concerns about differential take up of screening and the ways in which difference and diversity are responded to in breast screening and breast treatment services. This inquiry has been taking evidence from a number of sources and the Unit was commissioned to undertake a series of interviews with women whose views are not often heard.


The Unit undertook 53 interviews with women from a wide variety of social groups, including women who do not speak English, women living in rural areas, women with long-term health conditions and disabilities and others. Findings from these interviews have been discussed with the Healthcare Commission. Together with other data sources, they will underpin the final report in 2009 which will contain practice and commissioning guidance.


2008 – 2009


A report will be produced by the new Care Quality Commission and a series of articles will follow.
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