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Equalscreen: Increasing participation and reducing inequities in cervical cancer screening

To achieve more efficient and more equitable cervical cancer prevention, it is important to remove barriers to screening participation. To this end, the project will conduct focus group interviews of screening-eligible women to identify barriers to screening participation and preferences regarding delivery of cervical selfsampling.

About the Project

A randomized control trial on the effect of cervical selfsampling on screening participation, targeting women age 35-69 who has not participated in screening for at least 10 years will be performed. In the trial, we will compare screening participation among women who receive:

  1. a reminder to be screened
  2. a self-sampling kit
  3. an offer to order a selfsampling kit

To also address potential effects on inequities, the analyses will include comparisons and adjustment by sociodemographic characteristics. The project will be embedded in the national cervical cancer screening programme, and will utilize the extensive nationwide registers describing performance and outcomes of screening collected by the Cancer Registry of Norway.


  • The Norwegian Cancer Society


  • The Cancer Registry of Norway
  • Norwegian Centre for Minority Health Research
  • Gynaecological Cancer Society
  • University College London
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine (USA)
  • University of Bergen

Start - finish

2017 - 2023

Published Jan. 20, 2017 1:06 PM - Last modified Aug. 31, 2022 1:16 PM


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