'Have a Pap smear!' - doctors, their clients, and opportunistic cervical cancer screening

Chingang LC, Bischof U, Andall-Brereton G, Razum O (2005)
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STD & AIDS 16(3): 233-236.

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In many middle-income countries with a high incidence of cervical cancer, organized screening programmes with the Pap test are being planned. We assessed the knowledge of, and attitudes towards, cervical screening among 63 doctors and 102 randomly selected community members in Trinidad where screening is still opportunistic. Doctors were well informed about cervical cancer, but not all knew the approximate specificity of the Pap test. Many did not routinely discuss the benefits and disadvantages of screening with their clients. Most women had heard of the Pap test, but only 56% knew its purpose; 25% would not participate in screening, stating reasons such as being in menopause or not having symptoms. More information about the aim of screening and the purpose of the Pap test must be communicated. Doctors need to keep their knowledge on screening upto-date, and offer counselling that helps women to make an informed decision whether or not to participate in screening.
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Chingang LC, Bischof U, Andall-Brereton G, Razum O. 'Have a Pap smear!' - doctors, their clients, and opportunistic cervical cancer screening. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STD & AIDS. 2005;16(3):233-236.
Chingang, L. C., Bischof, U., Andall-Brereton, G., & Razum, O. (2005). 'Have a Pap smear!' - doctors, their clients, and opportunistic cervical cancer screening. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STD & AIDS, 16(3), 233-236.
Chingang, L. C., Bischof, U., Andall-Brereton, G., and Razum, O. (2005). 'Have a Pap smear!' - doctors, their clients, and opportunistic cervical cancer screening. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STD & AIDS 16, 233-236.
Chingang, L.C., et al., 2005. 'Have a Pap smear!' - doctors, their clients, and opportunistic cervical cancer screening. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STD & AIDS, 16(3), p 233-236.
L.C. Chingang, et al., “'Have a Pap smear!' - doctors, their clients, and opportunistic cervical cancer screening”, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STD & AIDS, vol. 16, 2005, pp. 233-236.
Chingang, L.C., Bischof, U., Andall-Brereton, G., Razum, O.: 'Have a Pap smear!' - doctors, their clients, and opportunistic cervical cancer screening. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STD & AIDS. 16, 233-236 (2005).
Chingang, LC, Bischof, U, Andall-Brereton, G, and Razum, Oliver. “'Have a Pap smear!' - doctors, their clients, and opportunistic cervical cancer screening”. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STD & AIDS 16.3 (2005): 233-236.
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