Predictors of Cervical Cancer Screening Among Urban African Americans and Latinas

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Objectives : To assess predictors of cervical cancer screening among African American and Latina women, a needs assessment survey was conducted, exploring screening behavior, knowledge, and access to health care.

Methods : Participants (N 248) were recruited at community health fairs, tenants' association meetings, senior centers, and community health clinics to complete a questionnaire. The findings from 194 African American and Latina women are reported.

Results : Neither insurance nor physician referral for screening played a role in obtaining cervical cancer screening. Spoken language was influential.

Conclusion : The findings can now inform interventions to increase screening in this population.

Keywords: cervical cancer screening; health disparities; minorities

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1 Director of Student Mental Health Services, Department of Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY.

Publication date: July 1, 2009

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