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Table 1 Characteristics of experts

From: Framing overdiagnosis in breast screening: a qualitative study with Australian experts

Participants 33 (Brackets contain number of experts who were invited but did not-participate; 13)
Professional role* Clinicians^ 15 (3)
  • Oncologists 3 (1)
  • Surgeons 4 (0)
  • Breast physicians 1 (2)
  • Radiologists 2 (0)
  • Radiation oncologists 2 (0)
  • Pathologists 3 (0)
  • Others [not otherwise specified; NOS)] 0 (1)
  Non-clinical researchers 14 (3)
  • Epidemiologists/biostatisticians 9 (1)
  • Others [NOS] 5 (1)
  Administrators/managers 6 (2)
  Advocacy leaders 6 (7)
  • Consumers working in advocacy 3 (6)
• Clinicians/researchers working in advocacy 3 (1)
Public stance on breast screening+ Supportive 16 (9)
Mostly supportive# 3 (1)
Critical 6 (0)
Unknown to researchers 8 (3)
  1. *note that some experts held more than one professional role
  2. ^Most clinicians engaged in research to a greater or lesser extent
  3. +We loosely categorised potential interviewees as being “supportive”, “mostly supportive” or “critical” about breast screening based on publicly available commentary
  4. #Broadly supportive of breast screening but with selected concerns about one or more elements of the program