Ashley Bloomfield

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AIM In 2005 the National Screening Unit of the Ministry of Health appointed a Colorectal Screening Advisory Group to provide independent strategic advice and recommendations on population screening for colorectal cancer (CRC) in New Zealand. METHOD Evidence-based review of relevant literature and assessment of CRC screening using the New Zealand Criteria(More)
OBJECTIVES We estimated the long-term effects of smoking cessation interventions to inform government decision-making regarding investment in tobacco control. METHODS We extracted data from the 2006 New Zealand Tobacco Use Survey and other sources and developed a system dynamics model with the iThink computer simulation package. The model derived(More)
AIM In 1997, an immunisation campaign, using measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, was planned for children aged 2-10 years to prevent a measles epidemic predicted by mathematical modelling. The epidemic started before the campaign and is described here. METHOD Measles hospitalisation, notification and laboratory data were combined. RESULTS The epidemic(More)
AIM To analyse adult smoking rates in New Zealand using 2006 Census data METHODS Data from the 2006 Census of Population and Dwellings were analysed for smoking status against various demographic variables. Data were compared against 1996 Census data to identify changes in smoking prevalence. Age standardised rates were calculated for gender and ethnicity(More)
AIM To review the international evidence on the benefits and harms of different screening intervals for women aged 45 to 49 years, and to inform the development of a national policy. METHODS A systematic search and review of the literature, up to March 2005. RESULTS There is no robust trial evidence on which to base a decision on the most appropriate(More)
AIM To review the evidence on the benefits, harms and costs of breast cancer screening for women aged 40 to 49 years in New Zealand. METHODS A review of the two most recently published meta-analyses of breast cancer screening, combined with a web-based literature search and review. RESULTS The meta-analyses demonstrated that mammography reduces breast(More)