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Am J Public Health. 1998 Apr;88(4):656-60.

Rates and independent correlates of Pap smear testing among Korean-American women.

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Center for Family and Community Health, University of California, Berkeley, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study reports population estimates of Pap smear testing among Korean-American women and evaluates correlates of testing.

METHODS:

Korean Americans in 2 California counties were surveyed by telephone. Frequencies were age-adjusted to the 1990 census to produce population estimates of testing. Logistic regression models were used to evaluate independent correlates of testing

RESULTS:

Only 50% of the Korean-American women surveyed had a Pap test in the previous 2 years. The strongest independent correlate was having had a regular check-up in the previous 2 years (odds ratio 7.2, 95% confidence interval 4.2, 12.1).

CONCLUSIONS:

Rates of Pap testing among Korean-American women are well below national objectives. Collaboration and community-sensitive research are essential to collect data and design programs to improve the health of ethnic minority communities.

PMID:
9551013
PMCID:
PMC1508456
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