Understanding the cervical screening behaviour of Chinese women: The role of health care system and health professions

Can Gu, Carmen W.H. Chan, Ka Ming Chow, Shengbo Yang, Yang Luo, Huilin Cheng, Honghong Wang

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Background In China, cervical cancer cases are increasing, making an impact on the worldwide burden of cervical cancer. Despite the initiatives undertaken by the Chinese government, the current coverage of cervical screening in China remains suboptimal. There is an urgent need to identify the facilitators and barriers associated with the uptake of cervical cancer screening among the Chinese population. Purpose The study aimed to explore the experiences and perceptions of cervical cancer screening of mainland Chinese women in relation to their screening behaviour, particularly in the aspects of health care system and health profession roles. Methods A qualitative research was conducted using semi-structured interviews. A total of 27 Chinese women aged 25 to 50 (both screened and non-screened women) completed the interviews. The analysis of the interview data was undertaken inductively using latent content analysis. Discussion and conclusion Results showed that organised health examination programmes provide a good basis for integrating cervical screening into broader checks on the health of women, and utilising different networks of social support facilitate the utilisation of the screening service. However, education on cervical cancer and screening must be made more generally available. More importantly, there is a need for a more participatory and empowering exchange in the encounter between health professions and these women. Appropriate training program is strongly recommended for health professions about communicate skills with patients. Future work should focus on identifying strategies to overcome the barriers to cervical screening related to health care system and medical professions among this population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-64
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Nursing Research
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018


  • Cervical cancer
  • Cervical screening
  • Chinese women
  • Health care system
  • Health profession

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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