Title
The influence of district level characteristics on the participation rate of breast cancer screening in the city of Antwerp The influence of district level characteristics on the participation rate of breast cancer screening in the city of Antwerp
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Brussels ,
Source (journal)
Archives of public health. - Brussels
Volume/pages
64(2006) :2/3 , p. 93-108
ISSN
0778-7367
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c:vabb:146621
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Objectives: To analyse whether or not there is a relationship between participating in the breast cancer screening programme in the city of Antwerp (Flanders, Belgium) and the socio-economic status of the neighbourhood the women reside in. Methods: Social and demographic characteristics that might explain the variance in the participation rate at the district level were listed and a multiple linear regression analysis was performed. Results: In general, 13,415 women (37.8%) took part in the screening programme in Antwerp. The difference in participation rate of women living in privileged and underprivileged areas is 9.3%. Statistical sectors with a high percentage of people above 65 years and couples with children tend to have a higher attendance, whereas the percentage of foreigners has a negative influence. The linear regression model including these three independent variables, explains 30% of the variance in attendance. Conclusions: There is a need to discover the specific causes of the lower participation rate in the underprivileged areas and how one can cope with this problem. Further research is also needed on the assessment of the socio-economic status.
Full text (open access)
https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/irua/94a510/5b3d39b5.pdf
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