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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/27373

Title: Depression, Psychological Distress and Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening: A Population-based Study in Ontario Women
Authors: Vigod, Simone Natalie
Advisor: Goering, Paula N.
Department: Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
Keywords: Depression
Psychological Distress
breast cancer screening
cervical cancer screening
Issue Date: 31-May-2011
Abstract: Purpose: The objective of this study was to investigate both depression and psychological distress as determinants of breast and cervical cancer screening. Methods: Ontario female respondents to the Canadian Community Health Survey version 1.2 (2002) were assessed for both Major Depressive Disorder (World Mental Health-Composite International Diagnostic Interview for depression) and psychological distress (Kessler 6-item Distress Scale (K6)>/= 8). Respondents eligible for screening (N=4042 for cervical cancer; N=1403 for breast cancer) were linked to Ontario administrative health service data to prospectively ascertain screening outcomes. Results: Women with K6 >/= 8 had reduced breast cancer screening compliance in adjusted analyses (AOR 0.63, 95% CI 0.40-0.97). The association between K6 >/= 8 and cervical cancer screening approached significance in women over age 40 (AOR=0.65, 95%CI 0.41-1.04). Conclusion: Decreased likelihood of screening in women with clinically significant psychological distress suggests that attention to adequacy of preventive services is a potential target for intervention.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/27373
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