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Table 1 Characteristics of experts

From: The role of communication in breast cancer screening: a qualitative study with Australian experts

  Participants 33 (Experts who were invited but did not-participate 13)
Professional rolea Cliniciansb15 (3) Oncologists 3 (1)
   Surgeons 4 (0)
   Breast physicians 1 (2)
   Radiologists 2 (0)
   Radiation oncologists 2 (0)
   Pathologists 3 (0)
   Other 0 (1)
  Non-clinical researchers 14 (3) Epidemiologists/biostatisticians 9 (1)
   Other 5 (1)
  Administrators/managers 6 (2) 6 (2)
  Advocacy leaders 6 (7) Consumers working in advocacy 3 (6)
   Clinicians/researchers working in advocacy 3 (1)
Public stance on breast screeningc Supportive 16 (9)
Mostly supportived 3 (1)
Critical 6 (0)
Unknown to researchers 8 (3)
  1. anote that some experts held more than one professional role, for this reason the numbers attached to specific professional roles do not neatly add up to n = 33 (participants) or n = 13 (experts invited but not participating)
  2. bmost clinicians engaged in research to a greater or lesser extent
  3. cWe loosely categorised potential interviewees as being “supportive”, “mostly supportive” or “critical” about breast screening based on publicly available commentary
  4. dbroadly supportive of breast screening but with selected concerns about one or more elements of the program