Cervical Cancer Screening Adherence Among Somali Immigrants and Refugees to the United States

T. Ben Morrison, Priscilla M. Flynn, Amy L. Weaver, Mark L. Wieland

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Abstract

Somali women have lower cervical cancer screening (CCS) rates than non-Somali women in the United States. We examined clinical and administrative data associated with CCS adherence among Somali women seen at a large primary care practice over 2 years. Fifty-one percent of 310 women were adherent to CCS, and adherence was associated with more overall health care system visits. Patients saw male providers 65.8% of the time; however, only 20.4% of the CCS tests were performed by male providers. Future interventions that enhance cancer prevention, health literacy, and patient-provider gender concordance may improve rates of CCS among Somali women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)980-988
Number of pages9
JournalHealth Care for Women International
Volume34
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2013

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  • Health Professions(all)

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