233741 Cancer screening guideline controversies and the challenge of public health practice

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 3:10 PM - 3:30 PM

Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH , Los Angeles County - Department of Public Health, Los Angeles, CA
Public health departments can play an important role in improving use of these screening services among those at highest risk for premature mortality. Effective population-based and health care system based services exist which promote screening and understanding of screening ( e.g., reminders, recalls, and education). Yet even with these services there are important challenges, such as how best to provide information about the harms and benefits of screening. Another is the occasional cacophony of somewhat conflicting screening recommendations, often abetted by those seeking controversy or with financial conflicts of interest. This presentation will focus on the example of breast cancer and discuss the challenge of public health departments playing a greater role in quality assurance and public education surrounding cancer screening.

Learning Areas:
Basic medical science applied in public health
Clinical medicine applied in public health
Communication and informatics
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
1) Identify 2 specific activities public health departments can undertake to meet their responsibilities in the face cancer screening guideline controversies 2) Identify one area where research would improve the ability of public health departments to meet the challenges

Keywords: Cancer Screening, Public Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I lead the LA County Department of Public Health
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.