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Older womens' attitudes to cervical screening and cervical cancer: a New Zealand experience


White, GE, Older womens' attitudes to cervical screening and cervical cancer: a New Zealand experience, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 21, (4) pp. 659-666. ISSN 0309-2402 (1995) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1046/j.1365-2648.1995.21040659.x


An in-depth series of interviews was undertaken amongst a small group of older, caucasian women, in Auckland, New Zealand. The study was part of the region's cervical screening programme. The aim of the study was to determine how the older woman's perceptions of cervical cancer and cervical screening services might be affecting her health-seeking behaviour. Healthy, caucasian women between 45 and 70 years of age were invited to participate. These women had either declined or delayed having regular cervical smears. Interviews were recorded and transcribed, then subjected to thematic analysis. Although small, the study is important in that it highlights cognitive, emotional, socio-economic and ego integrity barriers to regular cervical screening. Nurse clinicians have a major role in disease prevention and education for healthy older women. The findings provide a useful background for developing strategies to increase the uptake of cervical smears amongst older Caucasian women. They may also be viewed as a pilot for the development of questionnaires, or for further investigation of perceptions of older women in other ethnic groups.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Health promotion
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:White, GE (Ms White)
ID Code:6214
Year Published:1995
Web of Science® Times Cited:19
Deposited By:General Practice
Deposited On:1995-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-25

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