Beth Bjerregaard

Herlev Hospital, Herlev, Capital Region, Denmark

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Publications (4)6.06 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: To determine the impact of comprehensiveness of cytology registration on the proportion of cervical cancer patients without a recent screening history. For Danish women diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2003-2007, we used cytology data from the nationwide Danish Pathology Data Bank and the National Health Service Register. In five steps, we included data from an increasing number of cervical screening laboratories into the analysis, and calculated the proportions of screened women who had cytology registered in two screening rounds prior to the cancer diagnosis. In total, 1867 cervical cancer patients were included in the analysis. When looking only at the screening history in the laboratory that diagnosed the cancer, it appeared that only 40% of women were screened in the last two rounds. This proportion increased to 55% when nationwide screening data were used. This corresponded to a 25% decrease in the proportion of patients without a recent screening history. The level of comprehensiveness of screening data makes a measurable difference when evaluating the screening histories of women with cervical cancer. It is important that actions for the improvement of a screening program are based on comprehensive cytology registrations.
    Preventive Medicine 01/2012; 54(3-4):266-9. · 2.93 Impact Factor
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    Beth Bjerregaard, Ole B Larsen
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    ABSTRACT: The National Board of Health, Denmark in 1997 published guidelines for reporting of pathology data and the Danish Pathology Register (DPR) was established. DPR contains patient, pathology, and workload data. All records are subject to error tracing. The DPR covers all pathology data in Denmark. The data is used by the pathologists in the daily diagnostic process. The National Board of Health uses the data in the Danish Cancer Registry and DPR is unique for research as data can be linked to tissue biobanks and clinical databases.
    Scandinavian Journal of Public Health 07/2011; 39(7 Suppl):72-4. · 3.13 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Diagnostic histological and cytological specimens are routinely stored in pathology department archives. These biobanks are a valuable research resource for many diseases, particularly if they can be linked to high quality population-based health registries, allowing large retrospective epidemiological studies to be carried out. Such studies are of significant importance, for example in the search for novel prognostic and predictive biomarkers in the era of personalized medicine. Denmark has a wealth of highly-regarded population-based registries that are ideally suited to conduct this type of epidemiological research. We describe two recent additions to these databases: the Danish National Pathology Registry (DNPR) and its underlying national online registration database, the Danish Pathology Data Bank (DPDB). The DNPR and the DPDB contain detailed nationwide records of all pathology specimens analyzed in Denmark since 1997, and an incomplete but nonetheless valuable record of specimens from some pathology departments dating back to the 1970s. The data are of high quality and completeness and are sufficient to allow precise and efficient localization of the specimens. We describe the relatively uncomplicated procedures required to use these pathology databases in clinical research and to gain access to the archived specimens.
    Clinical Epidemiology 08/2010; 2:51-6.
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    Ugeskrift for laeger 04/2005; 167(12-13):1401.