Gail model risk assessment and risk perceptions

John M. Quillin, Elizabeth Fries, Donna McClish, Ellen Shaw DeParedes, Joann Bodurtha

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Patients can benefit from accessible breast cancer risk information. The Gail model is a well-known means of providing risk information to patients and for guiding clinical decisions. Risk presentation often includes 5-year and life-time percent chances for a woman to develop breast cancer. How do women perceive their risks after Gail model risk assessment? This exploratory study used a randomized clinical trial design to address this question among women not previously selected for breast cancer risk. Results suggest a brief risk assessment intervention changes quantitative and comparative risk perceptions and improves accuracy. This study improves our understanding of risk perceptions by evaluating an intervention in a population not previously selected for high-risk status and measuring perceptions in a variety of formats.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)205-214
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Behavioral Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Breast cancer
  • Gail model
  • Risk assessment
  • Risk perception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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