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Perception and satisfaction of cervical cancer screening by Visual Inspection with Acetic acid (VIA) at Meknes Tafilalet Region, Morocco: a population-based cross-sectional study

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Selmouni, Farida and Zidouh, Ahmed and Álvarez Plaza, Consuelo and El Rhazi, Karima (2015) Perception and satisfaction of cervical cancer screening by Visual Inspection with Acetic acid (VIA) at Meknes Tafilalet Region, Morocco: a population-based cross-sectional study. BMC Women's Health, 15 (106). ISSN 1472-6874

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Official URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26597844



Abstract

Background: This study aims to explore the perception and satisfaction of cervical cancer screening by Visual Inspection with Acetic acid (VIA) in Meknes-Tafilalet Region among target women.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted using face-to-face interviews with women, routinely attending health centers, who met the inclusion criteria. Descriptive analysis was undertaken to report data.

Results: A total of 324 women were included in the study. Results revealed low awareness about cervical cancer (19.6 %) and a very high acceptability of VIA screening (94.5 %). Of the 306 women screened, 99 % stated that they would recommend the VIA testing to their friends and female relatives. All those women who were screened negative expressed their intent to repeat the test every three years. Those found VIA positive affirmed they would perform confirmatory explorations. The majority (96.3 %) of the women believed that screening by VIA could save their lives; cervical cancer was a concern for 98.6 %; and only 11.6 % felt anxious about repeating the VIA test. The majority of women (98.6 %) were satisfied with the service received at the health center.

Conclusions: This study showed that the participants had a strong perception about cervical cancer screening and were willing to have further confirmation or future retests


Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Cervical cancer, Visual inspection with acetic acid, Early detection, Perception, Satisfaction, Morocco
Subjects:Medical sciences > Medicine > Diagnostic imaging and Nuclear medicine
Medical sciences > Medicine > Gynecology and Obstetrics
Medical sciences > Medicine > Oncology
ID Code:37405
Deposited On:27 Apr 2016 13:05
Last Modified:27 Apr 2016 13:05

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