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The impact of the Mammography Quality Standards Act on the availability of mammography facilities.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9808801     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) became effective October 1, 1994, and requires all mammography facilities to meet quality standards as promulgated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA undertook an assessment of the MQSA federal certification requirements on the availability of mammography facilities. METHODS: A survey of states on mammography facility closures between October 1, 1993, and October 1, 1994, was conducted. MapInfo software was used to link zip codes to demographic databases. The characteristics of closed facilities were compared to certified facilities as of December 15, 1994. RESULTS: A total of 369 facilities (3.5%) had closed. This closure rate was comparable to previous years' rates (2.5-10%). As of December 15, 1994, 10,142 certified facilities were operating. Relative to their distribution in the United States, closures in rural areas were proportional, but there were more facility closures in the minority areas and in poverty areas. However, the relative distributions of facilities to these areas' populations were unchanged. CONCLUSIONS: Impact on facility availability has been minimal.
R Fischer; F Houn; A Van De Griek; S A Tucker; D Meyers; M Murphy; G Unis
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Preventive medicine     Volume:  27     ISSN:  0091-7435     ISO Abbreviation:  Prev Med     Publication Date:    1998 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-11-30     Completed Date:  1998-11-30     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0322116     Medline TA:  Prev Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  697-701     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 1998 American Health Foundation and Academic Press.
The Division of Mammography Quality and Radiation Programs, Office of Health and Industry Programs, United States Food and Drug Administration, Rockville, MD 20857, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Health Facility Closure / statistics & numerical data*,  trends
Health Services Accessibility / standards*
Mammography / standards*,  utilization
Medically Underserved Area
Minority Groups / statistics & numerical data
Poverty / statistics & numerical data
Quality Assurance, Health Care / legislation & jurisprudence*
Rural Health Services / statistics & numerical data
United States
United States Food and Drug Administration

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