Pap tests: What do women expect?

Stewart, R. and Thistlethwaite, J. (2010) Pap tests: What do women expect?. Australian Family Physician, 39 10: 775-778.

Author Stewart, R.
Thistlethwaite, J.
Title Pap tests: What do women expect?
Journal name Australian Family Physician   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0300-8495
Publication date 2010-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 39
Issue 10
Start page 775
End page 778
Total pages 4
Place of publication South Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Language eng
Abstract Background: Women express various opinions regarding expectations and experiences of having Pap tests, particularly with regards to explanation of the procedure, its implications and results, and accompanied preventive health activities. Aim: To explore patient expectations and experiences regarding Pap tests and associated screening activities. Methods: Semistructured interviews were conducted with volunteer female patients. Results: Twenty-four women were interviewed. There was variation in expectations regarding consultations for a Pap test, and also of the information given as to what is meant by a 'normal' result. Many women expressed a preference for a female and regular health professional to undertake their smear. Conclusion: Recognition of general and individual barriers to cervical screening by health professionals will enhance patient access to, and acceptance of, screening activities. Understanding patient expectations regarding Pap tests ensures practitioners deliver health services with sufficient information and without false reassurance.
Keyword Mass Screening
Vaginal smears
Uterine cervical neoplasms/prevention and control
Health Examinations
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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