Health-care providers' perceptions, attitudes towards and recommendation practice of cervical cancer screening

N. Ab Hweissa, J. N.W. Lim, T. T. Su

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Abstract

In Libya, cervical cancer is ranked third as the most frequent cancer among women with early diagnosis being shown to reduce morbidity and mortality. Health-care providers can influence women's screening behaviours, and their lack of recommendations for screening can be one of the barriers that affect women's participation in screening programmes. This study aims to assess the health-care provider's perception around cervical cancer screening. In-depth, face-to-face interviews were conducted with 16 health-care providers, from both public and private sectors in Az-Zawiya city, Libya, between February and July of 2014. The interviews were recorded and transcribed, then analysed using thematic analysis. Our findings suggest that health-care providers did not provide sufficient information regarding cervical cancer screening for women who attend health-care facilities. The results highlight the role played by health-care professionals in motivating women to attend cervical cancer screening programs, and the need for health education of health-care providers to offer a precious advice regarding the screening. On the other hand, health-care providers highlighted that implementation of reminding system of cervical cancer screening will support them to improve screening attendance. In addition, health-care providers stressed the necessity for educational and awareness campaigns of cervical cancer screening among Libyan women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)864-870
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Cancer Care
Volume25
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • attitudes
  • cervical cancer
  • health-care providers
  • Libya
  • perceptions
  • recommendation practice

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