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'I do not need to... I do not want to... I do not give it priority...: why women choose not to attend cervical cancer screening
Ersta Sköndal University College, Department of palliative care research.
2008 (English)In: Health Expectations, ISSN 1369-6513, E-ISSN 1369-7625, Vol. 11, no 1, 26-34 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVE:

To describe and interpret why women with no cervical smear taken during the previous 5 years choose not to attend a cervical cancer screening (CCS) programme.

BACKGROUND:

CCS programme is a service for early detection of cervical cancer. Today, some women choose not to attend the programme.

DESIGN:

Data were collected by tape-recorded interviews and analysed by qualitative inductive content analysis.

SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS:

Purposive sample of 14 women in southeast Sweden, who had chosen not to attend CCS during the previous 5 years.

FINDINGS:

The following themes were revealed: I do not need to..., I do not want to... and I do not give it priority.... The women had a positive attitude to CCS but as long as they felt healthy, they chose not to attend. A negative body image, low self-esteem, feelings of discomfort when confronted with the gynaecological examination and fear of the results also influenced their non-attendance. The women prioritized more important things in life and reported various degrees of lack of trust in health-care.

CONCLUSION:

Women's choice not to attend CCS were complex and influenced by present and earlier intra- and inter-personal circumstances. They had a positive attitude to CCS, but other things in life were more important. Health-care professionals have to facilitate a co-operative discussion with the women in order to contribute to a mutual understanding for the perspectives of the women and the professionals

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2008. Vol. 11, no 1, 26-34 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-1594PubMedID: 18275400OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-1594DiVA: diva2:533360
Available from: 2012-06-13 Created: 2012-06-13Bibliographically approved

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