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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Interventions targeted at women to encourage the uptake of cervical screening
Author(s): Everett, Thomas
Bryant, Andrew
Griffin, Michelle F
Martin-Hirsch, Pierre P L
Forbes, Carol A
Jepson, Ruth
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Citation: Everett T, Bryant A, Griffin MF, Martin-Hirsch PPL, Forbes CA & Jepson R (2011) Interventions targeted at women to encourage the uptake of cervical screening (Review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (5), Art. No.: CD002834.pub2.
Keywords: Cervix uteri Cancer Diagnosis Scotland
Medical screening Scotland.
Issue Date: 2011
Date Deposited: 21-Jan-2013
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell for the Cochrane Collaboration
Abstract: BACKGROUND World-wide, cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women. Increasing the uptake of screening, alongside increasing informed choice is of great importance in controlling this disease through prevention and early detection. OBJECTIVES To assess the effectiveness of interventions aimed at women, to increase the uptake, including informed uptake, of cervical cancer screening. SEARCH STRATEGY We searched the Cochrane Gynaecological Cancer Group Trials Register, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), Issue 1, 2009. MEDLINE, EMBASE and LILACS databases up to March 2009. We also searched registers of clinical trials, abstracts of scientific meetings, reference lists of included studies and contacted experts in the field. SELECTION CRITERIA Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of interventions to increase uptake/informed uptake of cervical cancer screening. DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS Two review authors independently abstracted data and assessed risk of bias. Where possible the data were synthesised in a meta-analysis. MAIN RESULTS Thirty-eight trials met our inclusion criteria. These trials assessed the effectiveness of invitational and educational interventions, counselling, risk factor assessment and procedural interventions. Heterogeneity between trials limited statistical pooling of data. Overall, however, invitations appear to be effective methods of increasing uptake. In addition, there is limited evidence to support the use of educational materials. Secondary outcomes including cost data were incompletely documented so evidence was limited. Most trials were at moderate risk of bias. Informed uptake of cervical screening was not reported in any trials. AUTHORS' CONCLUSIONS There is evidence to support the use of invitation letters to increase the uptake of cervical screening. There is limited evidence to support educational interventions but it is unclear what format is most effective. The majority of the studies are from developed countries and so the relevance to developing countries is unclear.
Article no.: CD002834.pub2
Type: Journal Article
Affiliation: Cambridge University Hospitals NHS
Newcastle University
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS
Royal Preston Hospital
University of York
Health Sciences Stirling

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