They promote a technological project to improve access to mammography

The Cancer Control Agency of the Ministry of Health and the Center for State and Society Studies (Cedes / Conicet) will launch a research study on the use of communication technologies (ICTs) for the early detection of breast cancer. The project called Atica will participate 10 Health centers in Santa Fe and more of 800 patients between 50 and 69 years.

Santa Fe will be the first province in the country to promote and implement this project that evaluates the implementation of communication technologies in the early detection of breast cancer”, Highlighted Graciela López de Degani, director of the Cancer Control Agency, and remarked that one of the objectives of the research is to generate evidence of the contribution of ICTs in the prevention of breast cancer, which can also be adapted to other pathologies and improve access to health services.

The ATICA Project brings together a group of researchers who work to produce evidence about the incorporation of cell phones in communication with providers and recipients of health services. He had his first experience in the province of Jujuy, with excellent results in the implementation of cervical cancer screening. In the province of Santa Fe, it will be implemented together with the Cancer Control Agency in the use of communication technologies for the early detection of breast cancer, and in accessing the controls indicated for it, such as mammography.

Cell phone text messaging interventions have been proven effective in improving communication between users and the health system. In Argentina, the Center for State and Society Studies (Cedes) together with the National Cancer Institute, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute of Harvard University in the United States, the Deakin University of Australia and the Ministry of Health of the Province from Jujuy, carried out the Atica project (www.proyectoatica.com.ar). “Their results showed that the sending of text messages allowed an increase in the performance of Pap triage by 60% after a positive self-test result of the HPV test, being a clear example of the importance of new technologies to improve access to care for health”, They explained from Atica about a similar investigation in the prevention of another oncological pathology.

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In this sense, The Atica-Breast Cancer Project aims to develop and evaluate together with the Ministry of Health of Santa Fe, the implementation of an intervention based on sending text messages to women aged 50 to 69 years to increase the performance of screening mammogram.

ABOUT THE ATICA BREAST CANCER PROJECT

The Attica Project – breast cancer has a duration of two years (2020-2022) and consists of several stages. During the first year, an investigation whose objective was to design the content of the text message to be sent to women and evaluate potential barriers in the implementation of the intervention. Too the automatic system for sending text messages was adapted (Matys-Messaging Applied to Screening and Follow-up) integrated into the Information System for Screening (Sitam).

In the stage that begins with the North Santa Fe Health Centers, the field work of a randomized study will begin to evaluate the effectiveness of sending SMS to increase the performance of mammography. During this phase, a group of women will receive up to four SMS inviting them to request an appointment to perform the mammogram at Cemafe. This phase will include 10 health centers in the city of Santa Fe and more than 800 women.

Field work completed, which will be completed in March 2022, the post-implementation phase will begin, during which all aspects related to the implementation and acceptability of the strategy by women and the professionals involved will be evaluated.

It is expected that the results of the Atica breast cancer project promoted by the provincial Agency for Cancer Control, will contribute key evidence for improving access to mammography screening in Argentina and other countries in the region.

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The Atica project is carried out by the Center for State and Society Studies (Cedes), and is made up of an interdisciplinary team, with professionals from different areas of scientific knowledge, all with extensive experience in the implementation of public policies and health interventions: sociology, communication sciences, statistics, computer engineering, medicine, social work and specialists in Primary Health Care.