Barriers and facilitators to cervical cancer screening among Arab American women: A qualitative study
In-depth interviews with 25 immigrant and non-immigrant Arab American women living in the San Diego county of California are being conducted. Thus far, 11 interviews have been conducted and transcribed for analysis. Preliminary analysis suggests the following themes: (1) Arab American women are at a disadvantage with regard to information on cervical cancer and Pap screening, and (2) they are also less likely to exhibit healthcare-seeking behaviors on a more broad level. This may potentially underscore the need for further research that may help to identify potential barriers and facilitators to Pap testing in Arab American women. We also hope to allow for future interventions that aim to educate Arab American women on cervical cancer and its screening practices.
Learning Areas:Advocacy for health and health education
Chronic disease management and prevention
Diversity and culture
Social and behavioral sciences
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health
Assess cultural, religious, and psychosocial factors related to perceptions of cervical cancer, cervical cancer screening, and human papillomavirus (HPV) among Arab American women.
Keyword(s): Behavioral Research, Cancer
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been trained in conducting ethical and scientifically sound research. I have also created this study with the help of a PhD-endowed mentor.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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