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Integrality in cervical cancer care: evaluation of access.

Brito-Silva K, Bezerra AF, Chaves LD, Tanaka OY - Rev Saude Publica (2014)

Bottom Line: NVivo 9.0 software was used for the content analysis of the primary data.Pap smear coverage was low, possible due to insufficient screening and the difficulty of making appointments in primary care.There was higher coverage among younger women.

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Affiliation: Centro Acadêmico de Vitória, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Vitória de Santo Antão, PE, Brasil.

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Objective: To evaluate integrity of access to uterine cervical cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment services.

Methods: The tracer condition was analyzed using a mixed quantitative and qualitative approach. The quantitative approach was based on secondary data from the analysis of cytology and biopsy exams performed between 2008 and 2010 on 25 to 59 year-old women in a municipality with a large population and with the necessary technological resources. Data were obtained from the Health Information System and the Regional Cervical Cancer Information System. Statistical analysis was performed using PASW statistic 17.0 software. The qualitative approach involved semi-structured interviews with service managers, health care professionals and users. NVivo 9.0 software was used for the content analysis of the primary data.

Results: Pap smear coverage was low, possible due to insufficient screening and the difficulty of making appointments in primary care. The numbers of biopsies conducted are similar to those of abnormal cytologies, reflecting easy access to the specialized services. There was higher coverage among younger women. More serious diagnoses, for both cytologies and biopsies, were more prevalent in older women.

Conclusions: Insufficient coverage of cytologies, reported by the interviewees allows us to understand access difficulties in primary care, as well as the fragility of screening strategies.

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Annual coverage of cytological tests for women aged 25 to 59. Keymunicipality, SP, Southeastern Brazil, 2008-2010.
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f01: Annual coverage of cytological tests for women aged 25 to 59. Keymunicipality, SP, Southeastern Brazil, 2008-2010.

Mentions: In the key municipality, the female population aged between 25 and 29corresponded to a total of 146,868 women and the 30 thousand smear testsperformed annually by SUS services for this population means coverage of around20.0% per year, as can be seen in Figure1.


Integrality in cervical cancer care: evaluation of access.

Brito-Silva K, Bezerra AF, Chaves LD, Tanaka OY - Rev Saude Publica (2014)

Annual coverage of cytological tests for women aged 25 to 59. Keymunicipality, SP, Southeastern Brazil, 2008-2010.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License
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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4206144&req=5

f01: Annual coverage of cytological tests for women aged 25 to 59. Keymunicipality, SP, Southeastern Brazil, 2008-2010.
Mentions: In the key municipality, the female population aged between 25 and 29corresponded to a total of 146,868 women and the 30 thousand smear testsperformed annually by SUS services for this population means coverage of around20.0% per year, as can be seen in Figure1.

Bottom Line: NVivo 9.0 software was used for the content analysis of the primary data.Pap smear coverage was low, possible due to insufficient screening and the difficulty of making appointments in primary care.There was higher coverage among younger women.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Centro Acadêmico de Vitória, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Vitória de Santo Antão, PE, Brasil.

ABSTRACT

Objective: To evaluate integrity of access to uterine cervical cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment services.

Methods: The tracer condition was analyzed using a mixed quantitative and qualitative approach. The quantitative approach was based on secondary data from the analysis of cytology and biopsy exams performed between 2008 and 2010 on 25 to 59 year-old women in a municipality with a large population and with the necessary technological resources. Data were obtained from the Health Information System and the Regional Cervical Cancer Information System. Statistical analysis was performed using PASW statistic 17.0 software. The qualitative approach involved semi-structured interviews with service managers, health care professionals and users. NVivo 9.0 software was used for the content analysis of the primary data.

Results: Pap smear coverage was low, possible due to insufficient screening and the difficulty of making appointments in primary care. The numbers of biopsies conducted are similar to those of abnormal cytologies, reflecting easy access to the specialized services. There was higher coverage among younger women. More serious diagnoses, for both cytologies and biopsies, were more prevalent in older women.

Conclusions: Insufficient coverage of cytologies, reported by the interviewees allows us to understand access difficulties in primary care, as well as the fragility of screening strategies.

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Related in: MedlinePlus