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Reminder interventions increased women's use of mammography and Pap smear screening

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Objective

To evaluate the effectiveness of reminder interventions for increasing women's use of mammography and Papanicolaou (Pap) smear screening.

Design

Randomised controlled trial with 6 month follow up.

Setting

3 medical centres from a large health maintenance organisation (Kaiser Permanente) in northern California, USA.

Patients

The mammography sample included 3513 women aged 50–74 years (mean age 60 y) who had not had a mammogram in the past 30 months, were continuously enrolled in the Kaiser Permanente Health Plan during that time, and lived in the area served by the medical centres. The Pap smear sample included 3564 women aged 20–64 years (mean age 47 y) who had not had a Pap smear in the past …

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