Background: Mammography is the optimal tool to mitigate breast cancer morbidity and mortality; however, in many healthcare settings, mammography adherence rates are decreasing.
Objectives: This nurse-led quality improvement project was conducted to improve patient adherence to annual mammography screening.
Methods: Data collection included clinical information from the electronic health record, chart reviews, tracking documentation used by the clinic’s social worker, interviews with staff, observation of the clinical setting, creation of a process flow map to identify barriers, and identification of internal and external resources. Strategies to reduce barriers included communication with staff about problems, a streamlined referral process, a scripted message about mammography, an up-front assessment of financial and social barriers to adherence, and an early referral to resources.
Findings: A pre–process change chart audit showed a 22% mammography adherence rate. The post–process change rate was 51%, representing a statistically significant difference in adherence.