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Updated SHTAC systematic review of cervical cancer primary prevention: Cochrane Library publication and podcast

Published: 3 May 2011
SHTAC research for Cochrane

A major update of a systematic review by SHTAC on the effectiveness of the primary prevention of cervical cancer is now available on the Cochrane Library, accompanied by a podcast.

SHTAC has published a major update of a Cochrane systematic review entitled ‘Interventions for encouraging sexual behaviours intended to prevent cervical cancer'. The review assessed the effectiveness of behavioural interventions for young women (under 25 years) to encourage safer sexual behaviours to prevent transmission of sexually transmitted infections, notably human papillomavirus (HPV) a key risk factor for cervical cancer. The review, which is available on The Cochrane Library, found that behavioural interventions can be effective, primarily at encouraging condom use. However, future evaluations should include a greater focus on HPV and its link to cervical cancer, with long-term follow-up to assess impact on behaviour change, rates of HPV infection and progression to cervical cancer.

A podcast summarising the review is freely available from the Cochrane Collaboration.

In addition, the Health Behaviour News Service, which disseminates news stories on the latest findings from peer-reviewed health research journals, has published an article summarising and discussing the results of the review.

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