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J Gynecol Oncol. 2012 Jul;23(3):141-6. doi: 10.3802/jgo.2012.23.3.141. Epub 2012 Jul 2.

Awareness of cervical cancer screening among nursing staff in a tertiary institution of rural India.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Uttar Pradesh Rural Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Etawah, India.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the baseline information about the knowledge of cervical cancer and explore attitude and practice of Pap smear screening among staff nurses.

METHODS:

A pretested structured self administered questionnaire based survey was done on 205 staff nurses working in Rural Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Saifai, Etawah, containing mostly recognition and some recall type questions about demographics, knowledge about cervical cancer, its risk factors, screening techniques, attitudes towards cervical cancer screening and its practices.

RESULTS:

In this study, 74% knew that Pap smear is used for detection of cervical cancer, but only 59% knew that it can detect both cancerous as well as precancerous lesions of the cervix. Only 18% of the respondents knew about human papillomavirus vaccine. A 47% of respondents had never taken a Pap smear; 63% never referred patients for the screening. Most nurses (79%) thought that a speculum examination and Pap smear are procedures to be performed by the doctors. Among all the respondents, only 11% had ever undergone a Pap smear on themselves.

CONCLUSION:

Despite knowledge of the gravity of cervical cancer and prevention by screening, attitudes and practices towards screening were negative.

KEYWORDS:

Cervical cancer; Pap smear; Screening attitude

PMID:
22808355
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PMCID:
PMC3395008
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