Dr Erin Mathieu is an Epidemiologist and works as the Lecturer in Community Research. She works closely with the Year 4 Medical students on their Community Research rotation, and provides advice regarding study design, data collection, data analysis and report writing to the students. Her research interests include research methodology, informed choice, adolescent health and physical activity. Erin has a PhD, MPH (Hons) and B.Ed, all from the University of Sydney.
Questions and Answers
One of the main objectives of a decision aid is to enhance informed, values-based decision-making by patients. So when evaluating the decision aid, practitioners should ask the question “has my patient made an informed choice with regards to breast cancer screening?” An informed choice is one that is consistent with their knowledge, attitude and beliefs.
We want to improve the health and wellbeing of women by helping them understand that there are choices when it comes to breast cancer screening. So our current research is focused on measuring the benefits and harms of breast cancer screening and clearly communicate this information to the community. We are also assessing a decision aid about important outcomes of mammography screening over 20 years for women aged 50 compared with no screening. The information is presented in a short booklet, using a combination of text and visual formats, similar to the online presentation.