Citation Douglas E, Wardle J, Massat NJ & Waller J (2015) Colposcopy attendance and deprivation: A retrospective analysis of 27 193 women in the NHS Cervical Screening Programme, British Journal of Cancer, 113 (1), pp. 119-122.
Abstract Background: Attendance for cervical screening is socially graded, but little is known about patterns of attendance for colposcopy following an abnormal screening result.
Methods: Logistic regression was used to regress colposcopy attendance status for 27 193 women against age and area-level deprivation, adjusting for ethnicity.
Results: Colposcopy attendance was high at 8 weeks (89%) and 4 months post-referral (94%) but women living in the most deprived areas were significantly less likely to attend.
Conclusions: The high overall attendance rates at colposcopy are encouraging but lower attendance among women in the most income-deprived areas indicates that even when these women attend primary cervical screening, they remain at higher risk of missing out on the benefits of the programme.
Keywords cancer screening; colposcopy; socioeconomic inequalities
Douglas Elaine, Wardle Jane, Massat Nathalie J, Waller Jo
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Journal British Journal of Cancer: Volume 113, Issue 1 (2015)