1 Department of Public Health - Forskningsenheden for Almen Praksis, Department of Public Health, Health, Aarhus University2 Department of Public Health - Forskningsenheden for Almen Praksis, Department of Public Health, Health, Aarhus University
Effects of two interventions
Denmark has a higher incidence of cervical cancer than other Nordic countries, although all Danish women (aged 23–65) are screened regularly to identify possible cervical dysplasia or asymptomatic invasive cancer. Annually 40 000 women receives an abnormal or inadequate test result and a follow-up recommendation. However problems with delayed follow-up may threaten the effectiveness of the Danish Cervical Cancer Screening Program, as 20% of women are delayed and dysplasia potentially can progress into cancer. Delayed follow-up is found in situations where women either consciously or unconsciously postpone follow-up, or because of organizational aspects of the screening program, where communication regarding test results can fail either in content or with delay.This study will evaluate two interventions designed to increase follow-up: 1) A letter with the test result and potential recommendation for follow up will be sent to the women (RCT). The intention is to ensure that all women will be notified about the test result, quickly, homogenously and in layman’s written language, still with the opportunity to contact or be contacted by the GP, if there is special needs. Furthermore, it is assumed that GP consultations regarding delivery of normal test results will decrease, so that cost savings is a potential side benefit 2) Electronic reminder to the GP if women have not had the recommended follow up, giving the GP´s an opportunity to remind the women (retro perspective cohort study). The results will be of great importance to the future organisation of cervical and colorectal cancer screening programmes in Denmark, but will also have international interest because of their similar challenges.