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Review: personalised risk communication may improve uptake of screening tests more than general risk communication

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


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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.

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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 …

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  • For correspondence: Dr A Edwards, Department of Primary Care, University of Wales Swansea, Swansea, Wales, UK.

  • Source of funding: Cochrane Health Promotion and Public Health Field Australia.