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Table 2 Characteristics of breast centres collaborating and not collaborating with the screening programme (n = 82)

From: Integrating mammography screening programmes into specialist breast centres in Italy: insights from a national survey of Senonetwork breast centres

Characteristic Total number Collaboration with the screening programme P valuea
No (%) Yes (%)
Geographic area     0.26
 North 53 6 (11) 47 (89)  
 Centre 19 4 (21) 15 (79)  
 South 10 3 (30) 7 (70)  
Hospital classification     0.12
 Public hospital 52 5 (10) 47 (90)  
 Private accredited hospital 5 1 (20) 4 (80)  
 IRCCS and AOU 14 5 (36) 9 (64)  
 Private accredited IRCCS 11 2 (18) 9 (82)  
New breast cancer cases treated in the last year (n)b     0.067
  < 345 41 3 (7) 38 (93)  
  ≥ 345 41 10 (24) 31 (76)  
Staff of the multidisciplinary team (n)b     1.00
  < 21 41 7 (17) 34 (83)  
  ≥ 21 41 6 (15) 35 (85)  
Dedicated breast radiologists (n)bc     1.00
  < 5 41 7 (17) 34 (83)  
  ≥ 5 41 6 (15) 35 (85)  
Dedicated radiographers (n)bd     0.23
  < 5 43 9 (21) 34 (79)  
  ≥ 5 39 4 (10) 35 (90)  
Mammogram reading volume in the last year (n)b     0.068
  < 15,000 42 10 (24) 32 (76)  
  ≥ 15,000 40 3 (8) 37 (93)  
Availability of a data manager     0.84
 No 17 3 (18) 14 (82)  
 Yes, external 4 1 (25) 3 (75)  
 Yes, internal 61 9 (15) 52 (85)  
Availability of a clinical database for quality assurance and research     1.00
 No 9 1 (11) 8 (89)  
 Yes 73 12 (16) 61 (84)  
BCCert Certification     0.095
 No 58 12 (21) 46 (79)  
 Yes 24 1 (4) 23 (96)  
  1. BCCert European Society of Breast Cancer Specialists’ Breast Centres Certification, FU follow-up, IRCCS Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico (non-University Research Hospital), AOU Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria (University Hospital)
  2. Some percentages add to more than 100% due to rounding
  3. aFor the chi-square test or (when appropriate) the Fisher exact test
  4. bDichotomised by the median value
  5. cDefined as dedicating > 50% of working time to breast imaging and breast care
  6. dDefined as dedicating > 50% of working time to breast imaging