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An integrated national assessment of cervical cancer prevention, incidence and survival for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women: a data linkage study
This study aims to assess the effectiveness of cervical cancer prevention, incidence and survival for Indigenous women using data linkage of existing data sources including:
- pap test registers (PTRs)
- cancer registers
- hospital inpatient data.
The National cervical screening program (which includes PTRs) provides data to monitor and evaluate cervical screening in Australia, but does not record Indigenous status. Consequently, no data on cervical screening for Indigenous women are available. This project aims to address this gap in knowledge. It will be the first national study of this kind.
The study will investigate cervical screening participation, abnormalities and outcomes for Indigenous women using national screening program performance indicators.
Abstract adapted from the Menzies School of Health Research
Epidemiology and Health Systems
Menzies School of Health Research
Level 1, 147 Wharf Street
Spring Hill Qld 4000
PO Box 10639
Brisbane Qld 4000
Ph: (07) 3309 3400
Fax: (07) 3832 0030
Whop LJ, Cunningham J, Condon JR (2014)
How well is the National Cervical Screening Program performing for Indigenous Australian women? Why we don't really know, and what we can and should do about it.
European Journal of Cancer Care; 23(6): 716–720
Whop LJ, Diaz A, Baade P, Garvey G, Cunningham J, Brotherton JM, Canfell K, Valery PC, O'Connell DL, Taylor C, Moore SP, Condon JR (2016)
Using probabilistic record linkage methods to identify Australian Indigenous women on the Queensland Pap Smear Register: the National Indigenous Cervical Screening Project.
BMJ Open; 6(2): e009540
Retrieved 12 February 2016 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009540
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