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Notification of an abnormal Pap smear: an intervention study
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Caring Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1569-6675
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Caring Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5200-1740
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Caring Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1944-773X
2019 (English)In: European Journal of Cancer Care, ISSN 0961-5423, E-ISSN 1365-2354, Vol. 28, no 2, p. 1-7, article id e12969Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study aims to assess whether notification of an abnormal Pap smear result via a phone call, delivered by a trained healthcare provider, has an effect on women's HRQoL, coping and awareness of HPV. For this intervention study, women were consecutively recruited from a women's health clinic in Sweden. Women in the intervention group (n = 113) were notified of their Pap smear result via a phone call by a trained healthcare provider, while those in the comparison group (n = 122) were notified via a standard letter. A questionnaire was used to collect data. The results found no significant differences between the groups for HRQoL. However, 42.5% ofwomen in the intervention group versus 48.3% in the comparison group reported anxiety. Women in the intervention group were more satisfied with the manner in which they were notified of their abnormal result than those in the comparison group (92.0% vs. 67.2%; p < 0.001), more aware of HPV (71% vs. 50%; p = 0.001), and called healthcare services less often (10.6% vs. 18.0%; p = 0.113), no significance. In conclusion, notification of an abnormal Pap smear result via a phone call does not increase women's HRQoL or reduce their anxiety.

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Wiley-Blackwell, 2019. Vol. 28, no 2, p. 1-7, article id e12969
Keywords [en]
Abnormal Pap smears, Experience, Healthcare professionals, Qualitative method, Sweden
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Health and Caring Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-80224DOI: 10.1111/ecc.12969ISI: 000461076700009PubMedID: 30457186Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85056755716OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-80224DiVA, id: diva2:1285997
Available from: 2019-02-05 Created: 2019-02-05 Last updated: 2019-08-29Bibliographically approved

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