Journal article

Personal factors influence use of cervical cancer screening services: epidemiological survey and linked administrative data address the limitations of previous research

Sarah C Olesen, Peter Butterworth, Patricia Jacomb, Robert J Tait

BMC Health Services Research | BMC | Published : 2012

Abstract

BACKGROUND: National screening programs have reduced cervical cancer mortality; however participation in these programs varies according to women's personal and social characteristics. Research into these inequalities has been limited by reliance on self-reported service use data that is potentially biased, or administrative data that lacks personal detail. We address these limitations and extend existing research by examining rates and correlates of cervical screening in a large epidemiological survey with linked administrative data. METHODS: The cross-sectional sample included 1685 women aged 44-48 and 64-68 years from the Australian Capital Territory and Queanbeyan, Australia. Relative ri..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council grants (Program Grant 179805 and Project Grant 157125). In addition, PB was funded by a fellowship from the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council and SCO, PJ and RJT by the Australian National University.