This piece of work was an engagement led approach to collecting peoples views on Cancer cervical screening. Many thanks to those who shared their views at the focus groups, responded to surveys and those that contacted us through social media, phone or email.
Summary of findings
- When asked "How important is cervical screening to you?" 78% felt it was very important and 12% felt it was quite important.
- When why it was important was discussed 36% felt it was early diagnosis and prevention and 30% answered to stay healthy
- 96% surveyed knew why it was important to routinely get screened and 91% knew how to get information on screening.
- 88% surveyed had been invited for a screening session and 44% responded feeling positive when they received the invite with only 7% feeling negative.
- 71% of respondents said nothing would prevent them attending another screening session
Based on our findings some of the recommendations we put forward included:
- Offer more flexible appointment times
- Increase education and understanding of cervical cancer
- Work closely with women of BAME communities to encourage them to attend
- Highlight the need for unmarried women from BAME communities to attend
- Educate men of the need for women to attend
- Ensure female health practitioners are available to do the smear tests
- Ensure patients are treated with dignity and kindness