Table 1

Comparison of intervention and control groups at baseline (values are numbers and (percentages) unless otherwise stated)

Participant characteristicsControl (n=141)Intervention (n=142)
*Values are mean (range).
Sociodemographic characteristics
Age*39.3 (20–64)39.5 (20–64)
Marital status
    Single/divorced/widowed54 (39.1)50 (36.0)
    Married/living with partner84 (60.9)89 (64.0)
Social class
    I and II35 (31.3)37 (32.7)
    III58 (51.8)60 (53.1)
    IV and V19 (17.0)16 (14.2)
Ethnicity
    White118 (87.4)107 (77.0)
    Non-white17 (12.6)32 (23.0)
Personal contact with someone with cancer
Having family or close friends with cancer
    Yes64 (45.4)57 (40.1)
    No77 (54.6)85 (59.9)
Health related behaviour
Pap smear within past five years
    Yes110 (79.7)118 (84.9)
    No28 (20.3)21 (15.1)
Make regular visits to dentist
    Yes120 (85.7)117 (83.6)
    No20 (14.3)23 (16.4)
Smoking status
    Never smoker68 (48.2)70 (49.3)
    Former smoker36 (25.5)41 (28.9)
    Current smoker37 (26.2)31 (21.8)
Risk for cervical cancer
Risk score* (based on age, social class, and smoking status)5.5 (3–9)5.4 (3–9)