Pauline P. S. Woo

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PURPOSE To develop a policy-relevant generalized cost-effectiveness (CE) model of population-based cancer screening for Chinese women. METHODS Disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) averted and associated screening and treatment costs under population-based screening using cervical cytology (cervical cancer), mammography (breast cancer), and fecal occult(More)
BACKGROUND Organized population-based HPV vaccination programs can be effective in reducing the burden of cervical cancer, especially in the absence of a comprehensive cervical screening program (e.g. Hong Kong). Assessment of vaccine acceptability is important when evaluating the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of such vaccination programs. METHODS To(More)
Cervical cancer incidence and mortality statistics in Hong Kong during 1972–2001 were examined to estimate the potential number of cancer cases that can be averted and years of life saved after the launch of an organised, population-based cytologic screening recall programme in 2004 with projections to 2016. Incidence rates under the status quo of(More)
BACKGROUND Recognising that household interviews may produce biased estimates of health services utilisation, we examined for under- and over-reporting of hospitalisation episodes in three recent, consecutive population-based household surveys in Hong Kong. METHODS Territory-wide inpatient service utilisation volumes as estimated from the 1999, 2001 and(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the secular effects of opportunistic screening for cervical cancer in a rich, developed community where most other such populations have long adopted organised screening. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS The analysis was based on 15 140 cases of invasive cervical cancer from 1972 to 2001. The effects of chronological age, time(More)
BACKGROUND To achieve greater coverage of the elderly smoking population, the provider/client interface could be broadened to include other professional groups who work with the elderly. We evaluated the effectiveness of a 9-h smoking cessation counseling training program for social workers. METHODS We recruited 177 social workers and used a(More)
BACKGROUND To estimate the proportion of and characterize women who had received cervical and breast screening and to quantify the associated preventable burden of disease and potential iatrogenic harm. METHODS A total of 3484 Hong Kong Chinese women were interviewed in person. Screening prevalence and associated predictors, disability-adjusted life-years(More)
BACKGROUND To assess the cost-effectiveness of alternative cervical cancer screening strategies to inform the design and implementation of a government-sponsored population-based screening programme in Hong Kong. METHODS Cost-effectiveness analysis using a computer-based model of cervical carcinogenesis was performed. Strategies included no screening,(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES We evaluated factors associated with physicians' perceptions towards the effects of computers on health care and on current levels of computerization in their practice. We also performed a contingent valuation to quantify physicians' perceived benefits from computerization in a hypothetical ambulatory, solo clinic. METHODS We(More)
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