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Table 2 Responses for questions eliciting knowledge and anxiety by randomized group

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 = 3540)
Perceived health     
  Neither good nor bad 156 (13.4) 151 (12.7) 149 (12.6) 456 (12.9)
  Bad/Very bad 52 (4.5) 44 (3.7) 34 (2.9) 130 (3.7)
Have had previous Pap smear     
  Yes 1 092 (93.8) 1 125 (95.1) 1 112 (94.2) 3 329 (94.3)
Have had previous dysplasia     
  Yes 245 (21.0) 266 (22.5) 257 (21.7) 768 (21.8)
  Don't know 60 (5.2) 48 (4.1) 63 (5.3) 171 (4.8)
Primary cause of CC?     
  Genetics 245 (21.0) 254 (21.4) 244 (20.6) 743 (21.0)
  A virus 514 (44.0) 477 (40.3) 493 (41.6) 1 484 (42.0)
  Hormones 120 (10.3) 125 (10.6) 133 (11.2) 378 (10.7)
  Smoking 9 (0.8) 12 (1.0) 10 (0.84) 31 (0.9)
  Other 25 (2.1) 33 (2.8) 23 (1.94) 81 (2.3)
  Don't know 254 (21.8) 284 (24.0) 281 (23.7) 819 (23.2)
Heard about HPV?     
  Yes 627 (53.8) 628 (53.0) 608 (51.4) 1 863 (52.7)
Believes HPV is transmitted through a     
  Air 0 (0.00) 4 (0.6) 4 (0.7) 8 (0.4)
  Drinking water 1 (0.2) 1 (0.2) 2 (0.3) 4 (0.2)
  Food 1 (0.2) 1 (0.2) 3 (0.5) 5 (0.3)
  Sexual contact 526 (83.9) 505 (80.4) 496 (81.6) 1 527 (82.0)
  Don't know 99 (15.8) 117 (18.6) 103 (16.9) 319 (17.1)
Worried about developing CC?     
  Very little or not at all 734 (62.9) 746 (63.0) 738 (62.4) 2 218 (62.7)
  Some 372 (31.9) 378 (31.9) 369 (31.2) 1 119 (31.7)
  Quite worried or very worried 61 (5.2) 61 (5.1) 76 (6.4) 198 (5.6)
Worried about developing STI?     
  Very little or not at all 1 032 (88.4) 1 046 (88.2) 1 050 (88.7) 3 128 (88.4)
  Some 90 (7.7) 92 (7.8) 81 (6.8) 263 (7.4)
  Quite worried or very worried 46 (3.9) 48 (4.1) 53 (4.5) 147 (4.2)
Importance of Pap smear to prevent CC?     
  Very little or not at all 15 (1.3) 21 (1.8) 20 (1.7) 56 (1.6)
  Some 59 (5.1) 65 (5.5) 68 (5.7) 192 (5.4)
  Quite important or very important 1 094 (93.7) 1 101 (92.8) 1 097 (92.6) 3 292 (93.0)
  1. Values are numbers (percentages) unless otherwise stated.
  2. CC, cervical cancer; HPV, human papillomavirus; STI, sexually transmitted infection.
  3. *A maximum of 13 women (0.4%) chose not to answer on any given question.
  4. aAnswering the question was contingent on having previously heard of HPV.