Compliance in screening programmes

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6934.978 (Published 09 April 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:978
  1. D Torgerson,
  2. C Donaldson
  1. Health Economics Research Unit, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen AB9 2ZD.

    EDITOR, - Two recent letters1,2 highlight the points we were trying to make in our article on compliance as an objective of screening programmes.3 D Jenkins and colleagues argue that high compliance is the most effective method of reducing the overall incidence of cervical cancer.1 They show that increasing compliance by 10% results in a 24% fall in the incidence of cancer. This may justify the extra costs of using the method of having fixed appointments to increase compliance. Alternatively, a screening programme …

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