Attendance at cancer screening in the wake of widespread adverse publicity surrounding test results

Steadman, Liz and Field, Stuart and Rutter, Derek R. (1999) Attendance at cancer screening in the wake of widespread adverse publicity surrounding test results. Journal of Medical Screening, 6 (1). pp. 40-41. ISSN 0969-1413. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

The largest error ever discovered in cervical smear test results was reported by an East Kent Hospitals' NHS Trust in 1996. To test whether the incident would have an impact on a separate NHS screening programme within the affected area, 1000 women who were due to be called for x ray mammography were asked how confident they would be about the accuracy of their mammogram result. Most women reported that they would be confident, but significantly fewer unconfident than confident women subsequently kept their appointment for breast screening. Attendance and non-attendance at breast screening in the area did not differ from previous screening rounds, suggesting that the error in the cervical cytology results had not adversely affected a separate screening programme.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: cancer screening; errors in results; confidence in results
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: F.D. Zabet
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2009 11:31
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2014 15:11
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/16649 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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