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Attending cervical cancer screening, opportunities and obstacles: a qualitative study on midwives' experiences telephoning non-attendees in Sweden
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Institute of Clinical Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden; The Regional Cancer Centre, Western Health Care Region, Gothenburg, Sweden; Närhälsan Primary Care, Western Health Care Region, Sweden. (Komplikatationer under de reproduktiva åren)
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Institute of Clinical Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden; The Regional Cancer Centre, Western Health Care Region, Gothenburg, Sweden. (Komplikationer under de reproduktiva åren)
The Regional Cancer Centre, Western Health Care Region, Gothenburg, Sweden; Närhälsan Primary Care, Western Health Care Region, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. (Complications in the Reproductive Life of Women)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2577-1632
2014 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1403-4948, E-ISSN 1651-1905, Vol. 42, no 7, 691-697 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aim: Aspart of a research project aimed at increasing participation in the cervical cancer screening program (CCS), we explored midwives’ unique experiences of telephoning non-attendees and offering Pap smear appointments.

Methods: Twenty midwives, in four focus groups, discussed their experiences of a study investigating ways to increase participation in the CCS. The group discussions were tape-recorded and transcribed verbatim and underwent qualitative content analysis.

Results: Speaking with more than 1000 non-attendees provided the midwives with new perspective on the CCS and they realisedthat improving it might address a number of reasons for not participating. These reasons were often related to logistics, such as scheduling flexibility and appointment booking. The telephone conversations revealed that some women required more individual attention, while it was discovered that others did not require screening. The midwives considered the CCS to be life-saving; participating in this screening activity gave them a sense of satisfaction and pride.

Conclusions: This study shows that midwives can improve access and prevent non-attendance at the cervical cancer screening program when they are aware of women’s varying requirements for attending screening.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 42, no 7, 691-697 p.
Keyword [en]
Cervical cancer screening, focus group discussions, midwife, non-attendance, Pap smear, telephone call, qualitative
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Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
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Medicine
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-35787DOI: 10.1177/1403494814541594ISI: 000344066600021PubMedID: 25013212Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84908866515OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-35787DiVA: diva2:734590
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Swedish Cancer Society
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Funding Agencies:

Health & Medical Care Committee of the Regional Executive Board, Västra Götaland Region

Skaraborg Research and Development Council

Närhälsan Primary Care, the R&D Centre Skaraborg, Region Västra Götaland

Available from: 2014-07-18 Created: 2014-07-18 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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