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Knowledge, Attitudes and Practice Regarding Personal Cervical Cancer Screening among Clinical Staff Working in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Two Tertiary Institutions in Jamaica

DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2016.280

ABSTRACT

Objectives: The objective of the study was to evaluate knowledge, attitudes and practices with regards to cervical cancer screening among obstetric clinical staff.

Methods: A cross sectional study was carried out using questionnaires administered to female nurses and doctors employed to Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University Hospital of the West Indies, Jamaica as well as the Victoria Jubilee Hospital. The sample comprised of 121 clinical staff members. Extracted data was analyzed using STATA 12® statistical software.

Results:  The mean age of participants was 34.62 years. 77.8% thought that cervical screening should be done yearly. Only 50.41% considered themselves at risk of developing cervical cancer. 82.64% of participants had previously been screened. The most commonly stated deterrent to screening was a lack of time to attend clinics.

Conclusion: While compliance with the practice of cervical screening is comparably favourable to other developing nations there is still need for education among healthcare workers particularly as it relates to risk factors and current international screening recommendations. Implementation of staff screening clinics may prove useful in improving compliance in this busy population. 

Accepted: 
13 Feb, 2017
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e-Published: 02 Mar, 2017

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