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Cross sectional survey of cervical cancer screening in women with learning disability

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 06 March 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:641
  1. Ken Stein, senior registrar,
  2. Nick Allen, director of health strategy and public health
  1. Southampton and South West Hants Health Authority, Southampton SO16 4GX
  1. Correspondence to: Dr K Stein, Wessex Institute for Health Research and Development, Boldrewood, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO15 2GS
  • Accepted 10 December 1998

Evidence exists that cervical smears are rarely offered to women with learning disability.1 We examined whether women with learning disability were being offered and were accepting screening.

Methods and results

All residents with learning disability in one English health district who were known to health or social services were identified from the computer records of the local community health services trust and the social services department. Records were adjusted for double counting, and women eligible for cervical screening were defined as all women aged 20-64years.

Screening histories were checked against the records of the cervical cancer screening programme. To preserve confidentiality the data collection manager who checked the records was blind to the nature of the population under study. The proportion of eligible women screened was compared with available data for …

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