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Cervical Cancer Screening: Does Awareness & Attitudes Vary Among Doctors and Nurses? A KAP study Analysis in a Tertiary Hospital in Northern India

Jasmine Chawla Sharma, Sangeeta Popli, Tanu Anand

Abstract: Background:Cervical cancer is potentially one of the most preventable and treatable cancer. Despite the known efficacy of cervical screening, a significant number of women in the developing countries like India do not avail themselves of the procedure due to lack of awareness and sociocultural misconceptions. Objectives: to elicit information and compare the knowledge, attitude and practice (KAP) regarding cervical screening (Pap test) among female doctors and nurses working in a tertiary hospital in Northern India.Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional, descriptive study was conducted with semi-structured, self-administered questionnaire among the two study groups.Appropriate statistical tests were applied. Results: 95.9 % doctors and 93.9%) nurses were aware of the importance of PAP test screening and HPV vaccination ( 88.2%). Despite having direct access to screening, both groups showed poor screening rates (30.4% doctors and 31.6% nurses) .The most common reason cited by both was not finding the need as they did not perceive themselves to be at risk. Acceptance for HPV vaccination was more ( 59.2% ) than Paps test ( 31.4%) Conclusions: In spite of good knowledge and attitudes towards prevention of cancer cervix, Pap test and HPV vaccination , practice remained low among both doctors and nurses .

Keywords: doctors , nurses , PAP test, HPV vaccine Delhi

Country: India, Subject Area: Gynaecology

Pages: 1082 - 1087

Edition: Volume 8 Issue 5, May 2019

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Jasmine Chawla Sharma, Sangeeta Popli, Tanu Anand, "Cervical Cancer Screening: Does Awareness & Attitudes Vary Among Doctors and Nurses? A KAP study Analysis in a Tertiary Hospital in Northern India", International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR), https://www.ijsr.net/archive/v8i5/show_abstract.php?id=ART20197898, Volume 8 Issue 5, May 2019, 1082 - 1087

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