KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDE AND PRACTICE OF CERVICAL CANCER SCREENING AMONG FEMALE RESIDENTS IN SOUTHERN VIETNAM
 
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Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine
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Ton Duc Thang University
Online publication date: 2018-05-25
Publication date: 2018-05-25
 
Eurasian J Anal Chem 2018;13(3):emEJAC04044
 
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The primary aim of this study was to investigate the knowledge, practices and attitude of female residents towards cervical cancer screening. The research context was southern Vietnam. From a methodological perspective, the study collected data via semi-structured interviews with participants selected through simple random sampling. This study established that in southern Vietnam, women with higher levels of education exhibited greater understanding and knowledge of the importance of cervical cancer screening tests. Also, income was found to determine the women’s educational level, with those who were employed having greater financial resources and hence more able to seek preventive care services, including cervical cancer screening unexceptional. It is also worth noting that this study found that in southern Vietnam, barriers to access are evident. In particular, most of the women had no regular healthcare providers, and this challenge implied they were less likely to receive Pap tests, findings that concurred with most of the literature. This study identified a need for healthcare authorities to ensure women have access to physicians offering routine healthcare. Overall, there is a need for intervention programmes in southern Vietnam to address misconceptions and lack of knowledge about preventive care.
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