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Prev Med. 2013 Jun;56(6):406-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2013.03.001. Epub 2013 Mar 19.

The utilization of Pap tests among different female medical personnel: a nationwide study in Taiwan.

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  • 1College of Nursing, Kaohsiung Medical University, No. 100, Shih-Chuan 1st Road, San-Ming District, Kaohsiung 80708, Taiwan. fanny77@seed.net.tw

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The aim of this study is to clarify the conditions under which female medical personnel receive Pap tests and the influencing factors associated with not receiving Pap tests.

METHODS:

Data from the Taiwanese National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD) in Taiwan were analyzed. There were a total of 142,123 subjects: 5,196 physicians, 13,366 pharmacists, and 123,561 nurses.

RESULTS:

Of the subjects, 57.7% had received a Pap test in 2008-2010. Pap-test rates were highest for pharmacists (58.1%) and nurses (58.0%) and lowest for physicians (48.6%). After adjustment for age, having visited an obstetrics/gynecology clinic, gynecological disease, chronic disease, major illnesses, occupational diseases/injuries, and cancer, subjects were less likely to have received a Pap test if they were older, had visited an obstetric/gynecological clinic, or had gynecological diseases or major illnesses. Pharmacists and nurses who had occupational diseases/injuries and chronic diseases and nurses who had had cancer were less likely to have received a Pap test.

CONCLUSION:

Hopefully, by highlighting the factors associated with lower likelihood of receiving Pap tests, the study findings will increase self-awareness among female medical personnel, improving their rate of Pap-test participation.

Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

PMID:
23524115
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