Journal article

Why would a woman screen? Facilitators and barriers for women least likely to participate in cervical screening in Australia

Journal
Cervical cancer Cancer screening Greater Western Sydney
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This study aimed to gain insight into factors influencing cervical screening among women from a area in Western Sydney characterised by disadvantage and ethnic diversity, and which has one of the lowest participation rates in the National Cervical Screening Program. The researchers surveyed 127 women about their reasons for having or not having a screening test. 

Women most commonly identified negative emotions and physical discomfort as reasons for delaying or not attending for a cervical screening test. Emotional (or psychological) barriers, namely embarrassment, discomfort and fear, were greater inhibitors than the practical barrier of lack of time. Women also lacked knowledge about the cervical screening test and its importance to their efforts to prevent cervical cancer, suggesting that inadequate knowledge is at least as strongly linked to under-screening as the historically well documented ‘lack of time’. 

The authors suggest that efforts to ameliorate the seemingly immutable low uptake of cervical screening in disadvantaged and migrant communities must tackle emotional barriers, within a framework of sustainable educational strategies and supportive primary health care.

Publication Details
DOI:
10.17061/phrp3132113
License type:
CC BY-NC-SA
Access Rights Type:
open
Volume:
31
Issue:
3
Pagination:
e3132113