Differences in preventive screening rates in Wisconsin farm and non-farm resident women

Catherine A. McCarty, Po Huang Chyou, Robert Greenlee, Daniel J. McCarty, Paul Gunderson, Douglas Reding

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Purpose: To determine the proportion of rural women who met screening recommendations for Pap smears, mammograms, blood cholesterol, and blood pressure measurements. Methods: Women aged 25-75 were recruited for a population-based study of chronic diseases in rural residents. In addition to a self-administered health questionnaire and a brief examination, the most recent Pap smear, mammogram, blood pressure, and blood cholesterol measurements were documented from electronic medical records. Results: The study population was comprised of 675 farm and 825 non-farm residents. Fifty-five women (3.7%) had no documentation in their medical records of having ever had a Pap smear, and 19.3% (95% CL 16.9, 21.7) of women aged 40 and older had no documentation of a mammogram. Ninety-two percent of the women (95% CL=90.2, 93.7) had a blood pressure measurement in the previous 2 years and 74.9% (95% CL=72.2, 77.6) had a blood cholesterol measurement in the previous 5 years. Age was inversely related to Pap smears and positively correlated with mammograms, blood pressure, and blood cholesterol measurements. Farm residents were significantly less likely to have Pap smears or blood pressure measurements at recommended time intervals. Discussion: To increase the proportion of rural women in compliance with preventive screening recommendations, public health education efforts should target farm residents and younger women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22-26
Number of pages5
JournalWisconsin medical journal
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 27 2003


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