Carrington, D.; Eldemire-Shearer, Denise A.; McCaw-Binns, Affette M.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Community Health and Psychiatry
Screening Older Women for Cervical Cancer: Attitudes Versus Practice [Abstract]
West Indian Medical Journal
Date of Publication
52 Suppl. 6
Objective: To determine the attitudes and practices of primary care practitioners (PCPs) towards screening women over 55-years-old for cervical cancer. Methods: The study was carried out in the southeastern region of Jamaica. All public sector PCps and a sample of private general practitioners proportionate to the number in the parish, were invited to participate. The response rate was 84%, with a final sample of 122 persons (of a possible 146); 20 family nurse practitioners, 36 public medical officers and 66 private general practitioners. Women attending curative clinics in three community health centres were conveniently selected to determine actual screening experience. Conclusion: Patients identified provider recommendation as the main motivation for being screened, and ignorance about Pap smears and its importance at their age as the major reason they were not tested.....