Qualitative Survey on Obstetric Outcomes of Screening for Cervical Cancer

  • Matilde Maria Canepa, * Master Degree in Midwifery and Nursing, Dipartimento di Neuroscienze, Riabilitazione, Oftalmologia, Genetica e Scienze Materno-Infantili (DINOGMI)- University of Genoa c/o IRCCS Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria San Martino, Genoa, Italy https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3382-8862
  • Massimiliano Grassi Medical Doctor, University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4647-3626
  • Stefano Tibaldi Bachelors Degree in Radiologic Technology, University of Turin, Turin, Italy
  • Alessandra Gobbi Master Degree in Midwifery and Nursing, Servizio di Prevenzione Serena, Bachelor, Sanitaria Locale di Chieri, Carmagnola, Moncalieri e Nichelino (ASLTO5), Turin, Italy
Keywords: Anxiety; Colposcopy; Depression; Quality of care; Screening

Abstract

Introduction: We evaluated the women’s anxiety and needs during the cervical screening path, and we assessed if the health-care workers’ team felt ready to support the patients.
Methods: We carried out qualitative research with two focus groups: the health-care workers’ team and the patients operated in the last two years for a high-grade cervical lesion. We proposed the same questionnaires to the two different groups and two different researchers separately analyzed the data. Statistical analyses were carried out using the software NVivo.
Results: The patients reported having a good continuity of care and support despite increasing anxiety during the diagnostic path. Women who had preexistent dysphoria had a
higher risk of developing major depression. The healthcare workers group showed a lack of training and expertise.
Conclusion: The quality of care is generally satisfactory, but it is essential to provide healthcare workers a more specific psychological training.

Author Biography

Matilde Maria Canepa, *, Master Degree in Midwifery and Nursing, Dipartimento di Neuroscienze, Riabilitazione, Oftalmologia, Genetica e Scienze Materno-Infantili (DINOGMI)- University of Genoa c/o IRCCS Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria San Martino, Genoa, Italy

matilde.canepa@unige.it

Published
2018-06-10
Section
Original Article