Monitoring the performance of New Zealand's National Cervical Screening Programme through data linkage.
National Screening Unit, Ministry of Health, P O Box 5013, Wellington, New Zealand. [email protected]
- Published Article
The New Zealand medical journal
- Publication Date
Oct 30, 2009
Ongoing linkage of cancer data to screening data can be used to monitor the performance of the NCSP. Our finding that 80% of potentially preventable cervical cancers involve women who are not enrolled in the Programme or who have been only infrequently and irregularly screened, confirms that improving Programme coverage (currently around 72%) remains a priority. Further investigation (phase 2) is required for the small number of women who develop cervical cancer despite regular screening (average of 21 per year, or approximately 20% of eligible cases), to distinguish interval cancers from possible Programme quality issues.
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