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ERIC Number: EJ956601
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0891-4222
Knowledge and Attitudes regarding Cervical Cancer Screening among Women with Physical Disabilities Living in the Community
Wu, Li-Wei; Lin, Lan-Ping; Chen, Si-Fan; Hsu, Shang-Wei; Loh, Ching-Hui; Wu, Chia-Ling; Lin, Jin-Ding
Research in Developmental Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v33 n2 p376-381 Mar-Apr 2012
The study aims to explore knowledge and attitudeSs regarding cervical cancer screening and to examine its determinants based on the perspectives of Taiwanese women with physical disabilities living in the community. A cross-sectional survey was employed in the study, and we recruited 498 women aged more than 15 years who were officially registered as having physical disabilities in Taipei County, Taiwan, in March 2009. A mail-out structured questionnaire designed to collect data concerning the participants' demographics, reported use, health experience and perception (understanding and attitudes) of cervical cancer screening among women with physical disabilities. We used a scoring system (range 0-10) to categorize the study subjects' awareness of screening (low vs. high). The results showed that 77.3% of subjects reported a low level of awareness (score [less than or equal to] 7), whereas 22.7% were in the high awareness level group (score greater than 7). The logistic regression model revealed that married women (OR = 3.30, 95%CI = 1.25-8.71), those with a higher educational level (OR = 2.88, 95%CI = 1.51-5.53), and those with a high familiarity with Pap smear resources (OR = 5.31, 95%CI = 2.82-9.98) had a significantly higher perception level of cervical cancer screening among women with physical disabilities. This study highlights the necessity of increasing the knowledge and awareness of cervical cancer screening and reducing the barriers to cervical cancer screening experienced by women with disabilities. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan