Attendance to cervical cancer screening among Roma and non-Roma women living in North-Western region of Romania

Attendance to cervical cancer screening among Roma and non-Roma women living in North-Western... Objectives Romania has Europe’s highest incidence and mortality rates of cervical cancer. Participation in the national cervical cancer-screening programme is low, especially among minority Roma women. Methods We conducted a cross-sectional study, using a structured questionnaire aiming to quantify reasons for screening attendance among women in North-Western region of Romania. Results 980 women were enrolled in this study. Data were analysed using logistic regression, estimating odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI). This study revealed that Roma women (46%) attended screening less frequently that non-Roma women (63%),; however, ethnicity in itself was not associated with screening attendance. Instead we found that attendance to the cervical cancer screening programme was determined by having ever heard about a screening oppor- tunity (OR 5.90, 95% CI 3.76-9.27) and having three or more sex partners (OR 5.99, 95% CI 1.71–21.04). Conclusions We concluded that information about the screening programme’s existence and its rationale does not reach the women targeted for screening sufficiently and argue that a process of user involvement aiming to build contact, interaction and cooperation between the programme and its potential participants is warranted. Keywords Cervical cancer screening attendance  Minority Roma women  Discrimination  Access to health Health http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Public Health Springer Journals

Attendance to cervical cancer screening among Roma and non-Roma women living in North-Western region of Romania

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Springer Journals
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Copyright © 2018 by Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+)
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Public Health; Occupational Medicine/Industrial Medicine; Environmental Health
ISSN
1661-8556
eISSN
1661-8564
D.O.I.
10.1007/s00038-018-1107-5
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Abstract

Objectives Romania has Europe’s highest incidence and mortality rates of cervical cancer. Participation in the national cervical cancer-screening programme is low, especially among minority Roma women. Methods We conducted a cross-sectional study, using a structured questionnaire aiming to quantify reasons for screening attendance among women in North-Western region of Romania. Results 980 women were enrolled in this study. Data were analysed using logistic regression, estimating odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI). This study revealed that Roma women (46%) attended screening less frequently that non-Roma women (63%),; however, ethnicity in itself was not associated with screening attendance. Instead we found that attendance to the cervical cancer screening programme was determined by having ever heard about a screening oppor- tunity (OR 5.90, 95% CI 3.76-9.27) and having three or more sex partners (OR 5.99, 95% CI 1.71–21.04). Conclusions We concluded that information about the screening programme’s existence and its rationale does not reach the women targeted for screening sufficiently and argue that a process of user involvement aiming to build contact, interaction and cooperation between the programme and its potential participants is warranted. Keywords Cervical cancer screening attendance  Minority Roma women  Discrimination  Access to health Health

Journal

International Journal of Public HealthSpringer Journals

Published: Apr 27, 2018

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