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Knowledge, attitude and practice of the smear test and its relation with female age

By Nara Sibério Pinho Silveira, Camila Teixeira Moreira Vasconcelos, Ana Izabel Oliveira Nicolau, Mônica Oliveira Batista Oriá, Patricia Neyva da Costa Pinheiro and Ana Karina Bezerra Pinheiro


Abstract Objective: to verify the association among the knowledge attitude and practice of women in relation to the smear test and the age range. Method: a cross-sectional research was undertaken, associated with the knowledge, attitude and practice survey at a Primary Health Care service. The sample consisted of 775 women, distributed in three age ranges: adolescent, young and elderly. Results: although high rates of inappropriate knowledge were found in all age ranges, it was significantly higher among the adolescents (p=0.000). A similar trend was found in the attitude component, with percentages of inappropriateness in adolescence that drop as age advances (p=0.000). Nevertheless, no statistical difference among the groups was found in terms of practice (p=0.852). Conclusion: the study demonstrated a relation between the age range and knowledge, attitude and practice of the smear test

Topics: Conocimientos, Actitudes y Práctica en Salud, Distribución por Edad, Prueba de Papanicolaou, Neoplasias del Cuello Uterino, Enfermería, Educación en Salud, Nursing, RT1-120
Publisher: Universidade de São Paulo
Year: 2016
DOI identifier: 10.1590/1518-8345.0700.2699
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