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Effect of Fee on Cervical Cancer Screening Attendance-ScreenFee, a Swedish Population-Based Randomised Trial

Författare och institution:
Emilia Alfonzo (Institutionen för kliniska vetenskaper); Agneta Andersson-Ellström (Institutionen för kliniska vetenskaper); Szilard Nemes (Institutionen för kliniska vetenskaper); Björn Strander (Institutionen för kliniska vetenskaper)
Publicerad i:
Plos One, 11 ( 3 ) s. e0150888
Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig
Sammanfattning (abstract):
Background Attendance in the cervical cancer screening programme is one of the most important factors to lower the risk of contracting the disease. Attendance rates are often low in areas with low socioeconomic status. Charging a fee for screening might possibly decrease attendance in this population. Screening programme coverage is low in low socio-economic status areas in Gothenburg, Sweden, but has increased slightly after multiple interventions in recent years. For many years, women in the region have paid a fee for screening. We studied the effect of abolishing this fee in a trial emanating from the regular cervical cancer screening programme. Individually randomised controlled trial. All 3 124 women in three low-resource areas in Gothenburg, due for screening during the study period, were randomised to receive an offer of a free test or the standard invitation stating the regular fee of 100 SEK (approximate to 11 (sic)). The study was conducted during the first six months of 2013. Attendance was defined as a registered Pap smear within 90 days from the date the invitation was sent out. Attendance did not differ significantly between women who were charged and those offered free screening (RR 0.93; CI 0.85-1.02). No differences were found within the districts or as an effect of age, attendance after the most recent previous invitation or previous experience of smear taking. Abolishment of a modest screening fee in socially disadvantaged urban districts with low coverage, after previous multiple systematic interventions, does not increase attendance in the short term. Other interventions might be more important for increasing attendance in low socio-economic status areas.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Klinisk medicin
pap-smear, women, participation, sweden, breast, knowledge, attitudes, program
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2016-05-31 10:58
Posten ändrad:
2016-05-31 13:44

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