Understanding barriers to cervical cancer screening among Hispanic women

Luisa Watts, Naima Joseph, Amanda Velazquez, Marisa Gonzalez, Elizabeth Munro, Alona Muzikansky, Jose A. Rauh-Hain, Marcela G. del Carmen

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Abstract

Objective: We investigated issues affecting Papanicolaou smear screening access, health services utilization, acculturation, social networking, and media venues most conducive to acquiring health information among Hispanics. Study Design: Self-identified Hispanics were surveyed. Participants were stratified based on age, time living in the United States, and Papanicolaou screening frequency. Results: Of 318 participants, Hispanics aged 30 years or older and living in the United States less than 5 years prefer speaking Spanish. Women with 5 or more lifetime Papanicolaou smears were 1.610 times more likely to have lived in the United States 5 or more years, 1.706 times more likely to speak a second language, and 1.712 times less likely to need a translator during their health care encounter. Conclusion: Age and years living in the United States may be independent risk factors for participation in Papanicolaou screening programs. Social difficulties inherent to acculturation inform health behavior and translate to health disparity among Hispanics. Our results may help design federally funded and community-level programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume201
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Early Detection of Cancer
Hispanic Americans
Uterine Cervical Neoplasms
Papanicolaou Test
Acculturation
Social Networking
Social Media
Health Behavior
Health
Health Services
Language
Delivery of Health Care

Keywords

  • cervical cancer screening
  • disparities
  • Hispanics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Understanding barriers to cervical cancer screening among Hispanic women. / Watts, Luisa; Joseph, Naima; Velazquez, Amanda; Gonzalez, Marisa; Munro, Elizabeth; Muzikansky, Alona; Rauh-Hain, Jose A.; del Carmen, Marcela G.

In: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vol. 201, No. 2, 08.2009.

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Watts, L, Joseph, N, Velazquez, A, Gonzalez, M, Munro, E, Muzikansky, A, Rauh-Hain, JA & del Carmen, MG 2009, 'Understanding barriers to cervical cancer screening among Hispanic women', American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, vol. 201, no. 2. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajog.2009.05.014
Watts, Luisa ; Joseph, Naima ; Velazquez, Amanda ; Gonzalez, Marisa ; Munro, Elizabeth ; Muzikansky, Alona ; Rauh-Hain, Jose A. ; del Carmen, Marcela G. / Understanding barriers to cervical cancer screening among Hispanic women. In: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2009 ; Vol. 201, No. 2.
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