Insights Into the Experiences of Women With Physical Disability in Accessing Cancer Screening

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/335556
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Insights Into the Experiences of Women With Physical Disability in Accessing Cancer Screening
Author(s):
Peters, Kath; Cotton, Antoinette
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Xi Omicron
Author Details:
Kath Peters, RN, BN (Hons), PhD, k.peters@uws.edu.au; Antoinette Cotton, RN, PhD
Abstract:
Session presented on Friday, July 25, 2014: Purpose: Previous studies have identified that internationally women with physical disabilities have lower uptake rates of cancer screening than women without disability (Ahmed, Smith, Haber & Belcon, 2009; Peters, 2012). Decreased rates of breast and cervical cancer screening limits opportunity for early detection and treatment of such cancers and potentially leads to greater morbidity and mortality (AIHW, 2011). This study aimed to explore the breast and cervical screening practices in a population of women in Australia with physical disabilities and the barriers and facilitators to these women accessing cancer screening. Methods: A concurrent mixed-methods approach was used to collect both survey and interview data. Survey data was analysed using descriptive statistics and audio recorded interviews were transcribed verbatim and thematically analysed. Results: Findings showed that issues related to cancer screening for women with disability are multifarious. Approximately 15% of participants had never had a Pap smear and almost 30% of participants had never had a mammogram. 35% of participants indicated that they had never received information about cancer screening, 60% revealed they had difficulties receiving health care or services from a health care professional. Among the most common reasons given for not having regular cancer screening were physical access issues, health professionals’ knowledge deficit, discomfort, and staff not being trained or available to assist women with a disability. Conclusion: These findings provide valuable insights into the barriers and facilitators of cervical and breast cancer screening in women with physical disability and highlight practice issues in need of change to ensure increased screening uptake rates in this group. These insights have the potential to inform interventions that can be implemented by primary health care providers to increase the uptake of cancer screening by women with physical disabilities, and therefore decrease rates of morbidity and mortality in this group from breast and cervical cancers.
Keywords:
physical disability; womens' health; cancer screening
Repository Posting Date:
17-Nov-2014
Date of Publication:
17-Nov-2014
Conference Date:
2014
Conference Name:
25th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Hong Kong
Description:
International Nursing Research Congress, 2014 Theme: Engaging Colleagues: Improving Global Health Outcomes. Held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Note:
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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleInsights Into the Experiences of Women With Physical Disability in Accessing Cancer Screeningen_GB
dc.contributor.authorPeters, Kathen_GB
dc.contributor.authorCotton, Antoinetteen_GB
dc.contributor.departmentXi Omicronen_GB
dc.author.detailsKath Peters, RN, BN (Hons), PhD, k.peters@uws.edu.au; Antoinette Cotton, RN, PhDen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/335556-
dc.description.abstractSession presented on Friday, July 25, 2014: Purpose: Previous studies have identified that internationally women with physical disabilities have lower uptake rates of cancer screening than women without disability (Ahmed, Smith, Haber & Belcon, 2009; Peters, 2012). Decreased rates of breast and cervical cancer screening limits opportunity for early detection and treatment of such cancers and potentially leads to greater morbidity and mortality (AIHW, 2011). This study aimed to explore the breast and cervical screening practices in a population of women in Australia with physical disabilities and the barriers and facilitators to these women accessing cancer screening. Methods: A concurrent mixed-methods approach was used to collect both survey and interview data. Survey data was analysed using descriptive statistics and audio recorded interviews were transcribed verbatim and thematically analysed. Results: Findings showed that issues related to cancer screening for women with disability are multifarious. Approximately 15% of participants had never had a Pap smear and almost 30% of participants had never had a mammogram. 35% of participants indicated that they had never received information about cancer screening, 60% revealed they had difficulties receiving health care or services from a health care professional. Among the most common reasons given for not having regular cancer screening were physical access issues, health professionals’ knowledge deficit, discomfort, and staff not being trained or available to assist women with a disability. Conclusion: These findings provide valuable insights into the barriers and facilitators of cervical and breast cancer screening in women with physical disability and highlight practice issues in need of change to ensure increased screening uptake rates in this group. These insights have the potential to inform interventions that can be implemented by primary health care providers to increase the uptake of cancer screening by women with physical disabilities, and therefore decrease rates of morbidity and mortality in this group from breast and cervical cancers.en_GB
dc.subjectphysical disabilityen_GB
dc.subjectwomens' healthen_GB
dc.subjectcancer screeningen_GB
dc.date.available2014-11-17T13:54:52Z-
dc.date.issued2014-11-17-
dc.date.accessioned2014-11-17T13:54:52Z-
dc.conference.date2014en_GB
dc.conference.name25th International Nursing Research Congressen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationHong Kongen_GB
dc.descriptionInternational Nursing Research Congress, 2014 Theme: Engaging Colleagues: Improving Global Health Outcomes. Held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wanchai, Hong Kongen_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item related to this abstract, you may find it by browsing the repository by author. If author contact information is availabe in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.en_GB
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