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Review: 5 community based recruitment strategies increase women's attendance at mammography screening appointments

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QUESTION: Which strategies increase participation rates among women invited to community breast cancer screening activities or mammography programmes?

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Published and unpublished trials were identified by searching Medline (1966–2000), Central Cochrane Controlled Trials Register (issue 1, 2000), and EMBASE/Excerpta Medica (1988–99); searching the Euref Network database to identify reports and letters to the European Screening Breast Cancer Program's coordinators; reviewing reference lists of relevant studies and meta-analyses; and contacting authors.

Study selection

Randomised or clinical controlled trials were included if they assessed the effect of a strategy or combination of strategies for recruiting women into community breast screening activities or programmes compared with no active intervention, and women were identified from population databases.

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Data were extracted on methods (duration, loss to follow up, …

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  • Source of funding: no external funding.

  • For correspondence: Dr X Bonfill, Centro Cochrane Iberoamericano, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Casa de Convalescéncia, Sant Antoni M Claret 171, Barcelona, Catalonia Spain 08041. Xbonfill{at}