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Volume 8: No. 3, May 2011

ORIGINAL RESEARCH
Misclassification of Survey Responses and Black-White Disparity in Mammography Use, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 1995-2006

Year White, % Black, %
Age-Adjusted Final-Adjusted Age-Adjusted Final-Adjusted
1995 70.0 54.3 69.8 40.9
1996 70.6 55.2 71.9 45.4
1997 71.5 56.7 73.1 48.1
1998 73.0 59.4 73.2 48.2
1999 74.7 62.3 74.2 50.3
2000 77.0 66.1 77.9 58.6
2001 77.0 66.0 78.1 58.8
2002 76.9 65.9 78.2 59.1
2003 75.9 64.3 77.0 56.6
2004 75.0 62.6 75.8 54.0
2005 75.8 64.0 76.9 56.3
2006 76.6 65.4 77.9 58.5

Figure. Age-adjusted and final-adjusted estimates for mammography use among white and black women, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 1995-2006. Data refer to women who reported having a mammogram within the past 2 years. Final-adjusted estimates were obtained by adjusting the age-adjusted estimates for misclassification using the following formula with race-specific specificity (sp) and sensitivity (se) (white se = .97, sp = .62; black se = .97, sp = .49): (estimated prevalence − 1 + sp) / (se + sp − 1). See formula in Methods. Percentages for 2001, 2003, and 2005 are the averages of the previous and following years. The Healthy People 2010 goal was 70%.

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