Pap tests: what do women expect?
Stewart, Rebecca and Thistlethwaite, Jill. (2010) Pap tests: what do women expect? Australian Family Physician , Vol.39 (No.10). pp. 775-778. ISSN 0300-8495Full text not available from this repository.
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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.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School > Institute of Clinical Education (ICE)
Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School
|Journal or Publication Title:||Australian Family Physician|
|Publisher:||Royal Australian College of General Practitioners|
|Number of Pages:||4|
|Page Range:||pp. 775-778|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
|Funder:||School of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University|
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