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A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology shows that breast cancer patients may not be correctly judging the quality of the care they get, Reuters' Andrew Seaman reports. "The impressions of breast cancer patients about the quality of care they received often differed from medical definitions of quality — in part because the patients were judging their experiences by a different set of standards," Seaman says. The researchers interviewed 374 women about their care and their trust in their doctors. They found that the majority of the women tended to underestimate the quality of care, Seaman says. In addition, a significantly lower percentage of black women said they got "excellent" care, compared to white or Hispanic women. "[Lead author Nina] Bickell said that it comes down to hospitals, doctors' offices, and other players in the healthcare delivery system to change the culture on the best way to take care of patients," Seaman adds. "That means making it easier for patients to make appointments, get referrals and test results, letting them know what the next steps are and telling the patient what they need to know to make it happen, she said."

The Scan

US Booster Eligibility Decision

The US CDC director recommends that people at high risk of developing COVID-19 due to their jobs also be eligible for COVID-19 boosters, in addition to those 65 years old and older or with underlying medical conditions.

Arizona Bill Before Judge

The Arizona Daily Star reports that a judge weighing whether a new Arizona law restricting abortion due to genetic conditions is a ban or a restriction.

Additional Genes

Wales is rolling out new genetic testing service for cancer patients, according to BBC News.

Science Papers Examine State of Human Genomic Research, Single-Cell Protein Quantification

In Science this week: a number of editorials and policy reports discuss advances in human genomic research, and more.