Working Procedures


3. Availability and use of screening programmes

Information on how screening is delivered in different countries is reviewed in this section, with emphasis on the following aspects:

  • Infrastructure for diagnosis and treatment: standard diagnostic procedures and treatment regimens and their availability to the target population;
  • Extent of population coverage and participation rates;
  • Equity, as defined by the extent to which access to the procedure (including diagnostic investigation and treatment) is ensured for all eligible individuals, irrespective of any personal characteristics;
  • Informed decision and informed consent: the extent to which individual values are respected when information on potential benefit and harm is conveyed;
  • Behavioural and demographic considerations that affect participation in screening.


Posted 27 May 2014