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Table 1 Background characteristics of women randomized to one of three invitation letters to participate in cervical cancer screening

From: Does the primary screening test influence women’s anxiety and intention to screen for cervical cancer? A randomized survey of Norwegian women

Variables Survey randomization  
  Pap letter (n = 1 168) HPV basic letter (n = 1 187) HPV expanded letter (n = 1 185) Total (n = 3 540) Norwegian population*
Age (years), mean (SD) 45.3 (12.3) 45.3 (11.9) 44.7 (12.1) 45.1 (12.1)  
Age distribution (years)      
  <30 147 (12.6) 126 (10.6) 155 (13.1) 428 (12.1) 11.1%
  30-39 274 (23.5) 295 (24.9) 288 (24.3) 857 (24.2) 23.7%
  40-49 278 (23.8) 308 (26.0) 301 (25.4) 887 (25.1) 24.8%
  50-59 286 (24.5) 287 (24.2) 272 (23.0) 845 (23.9) 21.8%
  60-69 183 (15.7) 171 (14.4) 169 (14.3) 523 (14.8) 18.6%
Personal income (Kroner) n = 1 079 n = 1 094 n = 1 108 n = 3 281  
  <200 000 134 (12.4) 127 (11.6) 135 (12.2) 396 (12.1) 22.5%
  200 000–399 999 521 (48.3) 541 (49.5) 524 (47.3) 1 586 (48.3) 48.0%
  400 000–599 999 371 (34.4) 361 (33.0) 373 (33.7) 1 105 (33.7) 20.8%
  600 000–799 999 37 (3.4) 47 (4.3) 69 (6.2) 153 (4.7) 6.2%
  ≥800 000 16 (1.5) 18 (1.6) 7 (0.6) 41 (1.2) 2.5%
Geographic location      
  Oslo 293 (25.1) 325 (27.4) 284 (24.0) 902 (25.5) 27.8%
  South East (excluding Oslo) 298 (25.5) 312 (26.3) 306 (25.8) 916 (25.9) 25.1%
  South West 372 (31.9) 350 (29.5) 397 (33.5) 1 119 (31.6) 30.9%
  North 205 (17.6) 200 (16.5) 198 (16.7) 603 (17.0) 16.2%
Civil status n = 1 104 n = 1 109 n = 1 108 n = 3 321  
  Single 319 (27.3) 283 (25.5) 311 (28.1) 913 (27.5) 28.7%
  Married/Cohabiting 785 (67.2) 826 (74.5) 797 (71.9) 2408 (72.5) 71.3%
Education n = 1 168 n = 1 186 n = 1 184 n = 3 538  
  ≤High school or vocational school 443 (37.9) 433 (36.5) 448 (37.8) 1 324 (37.4) 61.0%
  ≥Bachelor degree 725 (62.1) 753 (63.5) 736 (62.2) 2 214 (62.6) 39.0%
Born in Norway n = 1 165 n = 1 183 n = 1 183 n = 3 531  
  Yes 1 106 (94.9) 1 127 (95.3) 1 111 (93.9) 3 344 (94.7) n.a.
  1. Values are numbers (percentages) unless otherwise stated.
  2. CC, cervical cancer; HPV, human papillomavirus; n.a., not available; (NOK8.004 = €1).
  3. *Statistics Norway (http://www.ssb.no/english).