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Barriers to cervical cancer screening uptake among rural women in South West Nigeria: A qualitative study

A O C Onyenwenyi, G G Mchunu

Abstract


Background. Diverse barriers influence cervical cancer screening uptake among rural women. The study explored barriers related to the uptake of cervical cancer screening among rural men and women in 14 communities of Ado-Odo Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria. 

Objective. To inform the development of a cervical cancer screening model for use by rural women. 

Methods. A qualitative exploratory research design was used. Qualitative information was collected from purposively sampled 28 (13 rural men and 15 rural women) using focus group discussion and in-depth interviews. Data were analysed thematically. 

Results. Five categorical barrier themes were identified including hospital-related, economic, geographical, educational and psychosocial barriers. 

Conclusion. To address the identified barriers, the involvement of spouses, religious and cultural leaders in the planning and implementation of cervical cancer screening intervention is recommended. Cervical cancer screening services should be integrated into the services of primary health care centres. The government should consider providing subsidized or free screening programme for rural women.


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A O C Onyenwenyi, School of Nursing and Public Health, Howard College, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

G G Mchunu, School of Nursing and Public Health, Howard College, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

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Keywords

Barriers; rural women and men;cervical cancer; screening uptake.

Cite this article

South African Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2018;24(1):22-26. DOI:10.7196/sajog.1290

Article History

Date submitted: 2017-12-18
Date published: 2018-05-17

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