Women's knowledge and experience of atypical pap results in a high risk community

M. Diane McKee, Arlene Caban, William Burton, Michael Mulvihill

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Abstract

We sought to describe the knowledge of, understanding of, and follow-up after atypical cervical cytology among low-income, urban women. Of 554 women who had an ASCUS or atypical Pap result in 1996, 215 (39%) completed a telephone survey. Many (19%) had poor follow-up. Thirty percent of women denied ever being told of abnormal cytology; Spanish-speakers were more likely to be unaware (43.2% vs. 22.7%, p <.01) of abnormal cytology. Cancer fear was quite high, as were misconceptions regarding cause. Many women were unsatisfied with the information they received regarding their cytology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-29
Number of pages11
JournalWomen and Health
Volume36
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002

Keywords

  • ASCUS cytology
  • Community health centers
  • Papanicaloau smear

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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