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Increasing breast-cancer screening uptake: A randomized controlled experiment

Léontine Goldzahl, Guillaume Hollard and Florence Jusot

Journal of Health Economics, 2018, vol. 58, issue C, 228-252

Abstract: Early screening increases the likelihood of detecting cancer, thereby improving survival rates. National screening programs have been established in which eligible women receive a letter containing a voucher for a free screening. Even so, mammography use is often considered as remaining too low. We test four behavioral interventions in a large-scale randomized experiment involving 26,495 women. Our main assumption is that, due to biases in decision-making, women may be sensitive to the content and presentation of the invitation letter they receive. None of our treatments had any significant impact on mammography use. Sub-sample analysis suggests that this lack of a significant impact holds also for women invited for the first time and low-income women.

Keywords: Cancer screening; Randomized controlled experiment; Behavioral interventions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D03 I18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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