Continuum of mammography use among US women: Classification tree analysis

Annie Gjelsvik*, Michelle L. Rogers, Melissa A. Clark, Hernando C. Ombao, William Rakowski

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Objectives: To identify women with low mammography utilization. Methods: We used Classification Tree Analysis among women aged 42-80 from the 2008 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (N = 169,427) to identify sub-groups along a continuum of screening. Results: Women with neither a primary care provider nor health insurance had the lowest utilization (33.9%) and were 2.8% of the sample. Non-smoking women aged 55-80, with a primary care provider, health insurance, and income of $75,000 or more had the highest utilization (90.7%) and comprised 5% of the sample. Conclusion: As access to primary care providers and health insurance increases with the Affordable Care act, classification tree analyses may help to identify women of high priority for intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)492-500
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Breast cancer screening
  • Classification tree analysis (CTA)
  • Mammography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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