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    Uptake of Screening for Breast Cancer in South Lancashire


    Gatrell, Anthony C. and Garnett, S. and Rigby, Jan and Maddocks, Adrian and Kirwan, Matthew (1998) Uptake of Screening for Breast Cancer in South Lancashire. Public Health, 112 (5). pp. 297-301. ISSN 1476-5616

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    Abstract

    Study objective: To describe and explain variation among general practices in the uptake of screening for breast cancer. Design: Analysis of the variation in uptake of screening by general practice. Uptake rates are calculated and related to a social deprivation score created for each practice, and to the presence of at least one female general practitioner. Setting: South Lancashire Health Authority, England. Patients: All women aged 50–64 y registered with Lancashire Family Health Services Authority and resident in South Lancashire in 1988–1995. Main results: Variation in the uptake of screening for breast cancer during Round 1 of the national programme is explained partly by a deprivation score for each practice and by the presence of at least one female general practitioner. In Round 2 the deprivation index continues to explain variation, but the effect of a female GP has diminished. The number of hours worked by practice nurses has no effect on uptake of breast screening. Conclusions: Variation in the uptake of breast cancer screening is closely related to social deprivation. Results suggest that the presence of a female general practitioner has a beneficial effect on uptake.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: breast cancer; screening; uptake rates; social deprivation; South Lancashire;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Item ID: 12222
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.ph.1900492
    Depositing User: Jan Rigby
    Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2020 16:57
    Journal or Publication Title: Public Health
    Publisher: W.B. Saunders
    Refereed: Yes
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