Improving Cancer Screening Among Women With Mobility Impairments: Randomized Controlled Trial of a Participatory Workshop Intervention

Article (PDF Available)inAmerican journal of health promotion: AJHP 26(4):212-6 · March 2012with42 Reads
DOI: 10.4278/ajhp.100701-ARB-226 · Source: PubMed
To assess the efficacy of an intervention to promote mammography and Papanicolaou (Pap) testing among women with mobility impairments overdue for screenings. Randomized controlled trial. Urban and suburban Oregon. Women aged 35 to 64 with mobility impairments who reported not receiving a Pap test in the past 3 years and/or mammogram (if age >40 years) in the last 2 years were eligible. A total of 211 women were randomized, and 156 completed the study (26% attrition). The majority were not employed and reported annual income <$10,000. The Promoting Access to Health Services (PATHS) program is a 90-minute, small-group, participatory workshop with 6 months of structured telephone support, based on the health belief model and social cognitive theory. Perceived susceptibility to breast and cervical cancer, perceived benefits of and self-efficacy for screening, intention to be screened, and self-reported receipt of mammography and Pap testing. ANALYSIS . Chi-square tests to examine the proportion of women obtaining screening; analysis of covariance to examine change in theoretical mediators. The intervention group received more Pap tests than the control group at posttest (intervention 61%, control 27%, n  =  71, p < .01). No significant group effect was observed for mammography (intervention 49%, control 42%, n  =  125, p  =  .45). Findings indicate that the PATHS intervention promotes Pap testing but not mammography among women with mobility impairments.
    • "International research indicates that women with physical disabilities are less likely to participate in cervical screening due to access barriers (Angus et al., 2012; Armour et al., 2009; Becker et al., 1997; Chen et al., 2009; Cheng et al., 2001; Chun et al., 2012; Iezzoni et al., 2001; Liu & Clark, 2008; Ministry of Health, 2011; Peterson et al., 2012; Ramirez et al., 2005; Thierry, 2000). The aim of this study has been to explore what women with physical disabilities experience when attempting to undergo cervical screening within New Zealand. "
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