Hysterectomy fractions in New South Wales, 1971–2006


Department of Public and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Edward Ford Building A27, University of Sydney, NSW 2006


Hysterectomy fractions by age group for particular periods are of interest for: estimating proper population denominators for calculation of disease and procedure rates affecting the cervix and uterus; estimating the target population for Pap test programs, and response rates; and as a way of displaying the cumulative consequences of hysterectomies in a population. Hysterectomy fractions for populations can be determined by direct inquiry via a representative sample survey, or, as in this study, from prior hysterectomy rates of the cohorts of women which compose each age bracket. Hysterectomy data 1979–93 were obtained from the hospital In-patients Statistics Collection (ISC) which covers both public and private hospitals in NSW. Annual population denominators of women were obtained from Census data. Data were modelled by Poisson regression, using five-year age group (15-≥85 years), annual period, and five-year birth cohort (APC model). Forward- and back-projection of the period effects were undertaken. The resultant NSW hysterectomy fractions by age and period are consistent with fractions obtained from modelled hysterectomy rates for Western Australia (1980–84), and fractions from national representative sample surveys (1989/90 and 1995) for younger women, but not for women aged >70 years in 1995, which revealed higher hysterectomy fractions than modelled hysterectomy data would suggest.

Hysterectomy fractions for NSW women by five-year age group for quinquennia centred on 1971 to 2006 are provided.