- Screening Matters Newsletter
The National Screening Unit newsletter
In this issue:
- Rome hearing well, couldn’t wait to start school
- Chloe’s experience highlights the importance of HPV vaccine, regular smears
- Position statement recommends women participate in BreastScreen Aotearoa
- Communicating abnormal cervical smear results
- Disclosing NCSP participant information
- The importance of quality ethnicity data
- Feedback sought on Cervical Screening Awareness Month
The importance of quality ethnicity data
However, ethnicity data held in health databases is known to be of varying quality and often results in undercounting of Māori, Pacific and other non-New Zealand European ethnic groups. The National Screening Unit therefore supports ongoing improvement in the accuracy of data and following the Ministry of Health’s guidelines.
The Ministry's Ethnicity Data Protocols for the Health and Disability Sector outline the standards for collecting, recording and outputting ethnicity data. The standards can be downloaded here.
In 2013, the Ministry published the Primary Care Ethnicity Data Audit Toolkit, a useful tool for those in primary care, particularly cervical screening, to assess the quality of ethnicity data and the systems that support it. The toolkit can be downloaded here.
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