PAPER OF THE WEEK: Mammogram Practices Don't Match the Evidence

March 1, 2020
Mary Caffrey
Mary Caffrey

Of the women in the 2017 study over age 75, 63% had a mammogram.

Welcome to Paper of the Week, which looks back at research and commentary from the past 25 years in The American Journal of Managed Care®, and why they matter today.

This week’s paper comes from 2017, when authors funded by the National Cancer Institute determined that mammogram practice patterns were not well aligned with evidence-based care. Of the women in the study over age 75, 63% had a mammogram.

A study released just this week has pinpointed the age at which mammography no longer benefits older women. Results from the Harvard School of Public Health, published in Annals of Internal Medicine, show no clear benefit for mammography in women over the age of 75.

For the 2017 study in The American Journal of Managed Care®, visit ajmc.com.