Reducing health inequalities in cervical screening: a general practice project
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Reducing health inequalities in cervical screening: a general practice project

Lucy Elizabeth Ainsley Project manager, Suffolk GP Federation, Ipswich, England; Maddy Laura Dunningham, lead nurse, Suffolk GP Federation, Ipswich, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To recognise that health inequalities can act as barriers to cervical screening

  • To read about a general practice project that aims to increase uptake of cervical screening through addressing health inequalities

  • To acknowledge the importance of co-production in interventions that aim to reduce health inequalities

Cervical screening is a crucial intervention to detect cervical cancer at an early stage and reduce mortality rates. Early detection through regular screening can significantly improve treatment outcomes and survival rates. However, health inequalities can obstruct access to cervical screening services, which leads to disparities in outcomes among different population groups.

This article discusses barriers to cervical screening and describes a general practice project in Suffolk that aims to address health inequalities related to uptake of cervical screening through various interventions, including training for clinical and non-clinical staff and provision of patient information and education.

Primary Health Care. doi: 10.7748/phc.2024.e1815

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Correspondence

Lucy.Ainsley@suffolkfed.org.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Ainsley LE, Dunningham ML (2024) Reducing health inequalities in cervical screening: a general practice project. Primary Health Care. doi: 10.7748/phc.2024.e1815

Published online: 07 February 2024

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