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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Screening mammography uptake within Australia and Scotland in rural and urban populations
Author(s): Leung, Janni
Macleod, Catriona
McLaughlin, Deirdre
Woods, Laura
Henderson, Robert
Watson, Angus
Kyle, Richard
Hubbard, Gill
Mullen, Russell
Atherton, Iain
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Keywords: Breast neoplasms
Early detection of cancer
Healthcare disparities
Rural health
Rural health services
Rural population
Health services
Health services accessibility
Issue Date: 2015
Date Deposited: 31-Aug-2015
Citation: Leung J, Macleod C, McLaughlin D, Woods L, Henderson R, Watson A, Kyle R, Hubbard G, Mullen R & Atherton I (2015) Screening mammography uptake within Australia and Scotland in rural and urban populations. Preventive Medicine Reports, 2, pp. 559-562.
Abstract: Objective: To test the hypothesis that rural populations had lower uptake of screening mammography than urban populations in the Scottish and Australian setting. Method: Scottish data are based upon information from the Scottish Breast Screening Programme Information System describing uptake among women residing within the NHS Highland Health Board area who were invited to attend for screening during the 2008 to 2010 round (N=27,416). Australian data were drawn from the 2010 survey of the 1946-51 cohort of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (N=9890 women). Results: Contrary to our hypothesis, results indicated that women living in rural areas were not less likely to attend for screening mammography compared to women living in urban areas in both Scotland (OR for rural=1.17, 95% CI=1.06-1.29) and Australia (OR for rural=1.15, 95% CI=1.01-1.31). Conclusions: The absence of rural-urban differences in attendance at screening mammography demonstrates that rurality is not necessarily an insurmountable barrier to screening mammography.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2015.06.014
Rights: © 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (
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