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Pacific women navigating colposcopy services

Year:
2018
Duration:
24 months
Approved budget:
$49,957.00
Researchers:
Dr Georgina McPherson
Health issue:
Obstetrics and perinatal care
Proposal type:
Pacific Health PhD Scholarship
Lay summary
Pacific women in New Zealand experience significant delays in assessment at colposcopy clinics following a high grade (HSIL) cervical smear abnormality. A quarter of Pacific women are not seen within 90 days of a HSIL cervical smear compared to 9.9% of European / other women in New Zealand (Tan, Ward, & Thompson, 2015). There is a paucity of research in relationship to Pacific women’s experiences of attending colposcopy clinics and understanding where the delays occur and if there are any adverse clinical outcomes. A mixed methods approach will be utilised to explore Pacific women's experiences of colposcopy services utilising Talanoa. A retrospective audit will evaluate the current status of utilisation of colposcopy services amongst Pacific women between 2010 to 2015. This study aims to provide a voice for Pacific women and develop a further understanding and development of health policy which aspires to reduce the disparities Pacific women face when navigating colposcopy services. A mixed methods approach will be utilised to explore Pacific women's experiences of colposcopy services utilising Talanoa. A retrospective audit will evaluate the current status of utilisation of colposcopy services amongst Pacific women between 2010 to 2015. This study aims to provide a voice for Pacific women and develop a further understanding and development of health policy which aspires to reduce the disparities Pacific women face when navigating colposcopy services.