Improving women’s uptake of cervical screening in primary care
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Improving women’s uptake of cervical screening in primary care

Valerie McMunn Visiting lecturer in women’s and sexual health, Division of Midwifery and Radiography, School of Health Sciences, City University of London, London, England

The number of women attending cervical screening appointments has been declining in recent years. As a result, cervical abnormalities are not being detected early and women are at increased risk of developing cervical cancer. This increased risk means that healthcare professionals in primary care need to devise strategies to improve the uptake of cervical screening.

This article outlines the data on non-attendance at cervical screening appointments and identifies the cohorts of women who are at the highest risk of non-attendance. The article also discusses strategies that healthcare professionals can implement to improve the uptake of cervical screening.

Primary Health Care. 30, 1, 37-43. doi: 10.7748/phc.2019.e1588


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