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Colposcopy attendance and deprivation: A retrospective analysis of 27 193 women in the NHS Cervical Screening Programme

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. https://doi.org/10.1038/bjc.2015.176

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

Journal
British Journal of Cancer: Volume 113, Issue 1

StatusPublished
Author(s)Douglas, Elaine; Wardle, Jane; Massat, Nathalie J; Waller, Jo
Publication date30/06/2015
Publication date online21/05/2015
Date accepted by journal22/04/2015
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/25519
PublisherSpringer Nature
ISSN0007-0920
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