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Evid Based Nurs 7:14 doi:10.1136/ebn.7.1.14
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Review: personalised risk communication may improve uptake of screening tests more than general risk communication


 
 Q Do personalised risk communication (PRC) strategies about participation in health screening programmes increase screening uptake compared with general risk communication (GRC) strategies?

METHODS

GraphicData sources:

Cochrane Consumers and Communication Review Group specialised register (March 2001), Medline (1985–2001), EMBASE/Excerpta Medica (1985–2001), CancerLit (1985–2001), CINAHL (1985–2001), ClinPSYC (1989–2001), and Science Citation Index Expanded (March 2002); and hand searches of bibliographies of key publications, journals, and authors.

GraphicStudy selection and assessment:

randomised controlled trials (RCTs) that included participants facing real life decisions about whether to be screened (an investigation done by a health professional); compared PRC with GRC; and assessed cognitive, affective, behavioural, health status, or economic outcomes. Exclusion criteria: studies of mass communication or military, school, or prison interventions. Quality of individual studies was assessed using the Jadad scale and a second method score.

GraphicOutcome:

uptake of screening …

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