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Health Serv Res. 1991 Apr;26(1):97-107.

The accuracy of Pap smear utilization self-report: a methodological consideration in cervical screening research.

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Discipline of Behavioural Science in Relation to Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.


One method used to determine utilization rates of cervical screening is women's self-report. Few studies have assessed the accuracy of this measure--none has been conducted in Australia--although there are a number of reasons for suspecting its validity. This study examined and quantified the accuracy of self-report of Pap smear use among a randomly selected sample of women from an Australian community. Accuracy of Pap smear utilization self-report within a three-year period was assessed by comparison with pathology records. Results indicated that almost half of the women who have not had Pap smears within three years will be missed by a self-report measure of utilization. Some implications for the measurement and use of self-report data are discussed.

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