August 2011

Document Type


Degree Name



Dept. of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology


Oregon Health & Science University


For this capstone project, I worked with Paula Scariati to create a decision aid to help women younger than 50 decide whether to get a mammogram. The primary purpose of this capstone project was to develop the decision aid, “Screening Mammography: A Decision Aid for Women Ages 39-49”, and complete some user testing with it. On November 16, 2009, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) updated its screening mammography guidelines transitioning from a call for routine screening on an annual basis starting at the age of 40 to routine screening every two years starting at the age of 50. It came with the following proviso for women aged 40-49: “The decision to start regular, biennial screening mammography before the age of 50 years should be an individual one and take patient context into account, including the patient's values regarding specific benefits and harms”.[superscript 1] This tool is intended to provide women in this age group with information to help them deci




School of Medicine



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