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Can default rates in colposcopy really be reduced?

Balasubramani, L and Orbell, S and Hagger, M and Brown, V and Tidy, J (2008) 'Can default rates in colposcopy really be reduced?' BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 115 (3). pp. 403-408. ISSN 1470-0328

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A prospective postal questionnaire study aimed to identify variables that predict a woman's intention to attend and her subsequent attendance/default at colposcopy clinics. One thousand two hundred and fifty-eight women attending colposcopy clinics of a university hospital were sent a postal questionnaire 3 weeks before their second appointment at colposcopy. An intention to attend the colposcopy clinic was the most significant predictor for colposcopy attendance during the next 15 months. Smoking and a longer travel time were associated with default. Our study shows that while interventions tried by service providers can reduce default rates, there will remain a cohort of women who do not fully participate in the screening programme. © 2008 The Authors.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: behaviour; colposcopy; default; psychology; screening
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 10:23
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:29

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