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Primary Health Care and Cervical Cancer Mortality Rates in Brazil -A Longitudinal Ecological Study

Cervical cancer is a common neoplasm that is responsible for nearly 230 000 deaths annually in Brazil. Despite this burden, cervical cancer is considered preventable with appropriate care.We conducted a longitudinal ecological study from 2002 to 2012 to examine the relationship between the delivery of preventive primary care and cervical cancer mortality rates in Brazil. Brazilian states and the federal district were the unit of analysis (N = 27). Results suggest that
primary health care has contributed to reducing cervical cancer mortality rates in Brazil; however, the full potential of preventive care has yet to be realized.

Key words: health care quality assessment, longitudinal studies, mortality, primary health care, uterine cervical neoplasms.

Thiago Augusto Hernandes Rocha, MSc;
Núbia Cristina da Silva, PhD;
Erika Bárbara Abreu Fonseca Thomaz, PhD;
Rejane Christine de Sousa Queiroz, PhD;
Marta Rovery de Souza, PhD; Adriana Lein, MSc;
João Victor Muniz Rocha, MSc; Viviane Alvares, MSc;
Dante Grapiuna de Almeida, BCompSc;
Allan Claudius Queiroz Barbosa, PhD;
Elaine Thum´e, PhD; Catherine Staton, PhD;
João Ricardo Nickenig Vissoci, PhD;
Luiz Augusto Facchini, PhD

Article – artigo13_03_2017

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