Journal article

Factors relating to cervical screening in New South Wales, Australia

JJ Perkins, RW Sanson-Fisher, JE Byles, K Tiller

HEALTH & PLACE | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 1999

Abstract

The aims of this paper were to describe the geographical variation in Pap smear screening rates, standardised for age and adjusted for rates of hysterectomies and to assess the sociodemographic and health care factors associated with the variation. The data used in the study were the percentage of women who had had Pap smears between the years 1990 and 1992 based on the records of the Australian Health Insurance Commission (HIC). The best predictors of screening extracted from the model were the Index of Economic Resources and the proportion of women within each region who were born in non-English speaking countries.