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Since the mid-1990s, there has been a steady decline in coverage rates for cervical screening in the target age group (25-64 years) across England. This article describes the rate of decline from 1995 to 2005 in the old health authority areas of the North East and the Yorkshire and the Humber (NEYH) regions in relation to age group, deprivation, ethnicity and religion. The results show that the rate of decline is faster in these northern regions than that in England as a whole, with a very strong correlation between age and rate of change of coverage rates. Younger age groups experience the fastest rate of decline, and those over 55 years show an increase in coverage rates. There is an association between the deprivation of the old health authority areas and the rate of change of coverage rates, with weaker evidence that areas with high proportions of Black or Mixed ethnicity may have a faster decline. However, the rate of decline is not associated with other ethnic groups or religions. Therefore, interventions could be targeted at younger women and those who live in deprived areas to prevent the widening of inequalities.
Author(s): Willoughby BJ, Faulkner K, Stamp EC, Whitaker CJ
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of Public Health
ISSN (print): 1741-3842
ISSN (electronic): 1741-3850
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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