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Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 617234, 11 pages
Research Article

Correlates of Cervical Cancer Screening among Vietnamese American Women

1Department of Public Health, College of Health Professions, Temple University, 1301 Cecil B Moore Avenue, 913 Ritter Annex, Philadelphia, PA 19122, USA
2Center for Asian Health, College of Health Professions, Temple University, 1415 N. Broad Street, Suite 116, Philadelphia, PA 19122, USA
3Fox Chase Cancer Center, Cancer Prevention and Control Program, 333 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19111, USA
4Biostatistics Program, Cancer Prevention Research Program, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Department of Biostatistics, University of Washington, P.O. Box 19024, Seattle, WA 98109, USA
5Asian Community Health Coalition, 1106 Buttonwood Street, Unit A, Philadelphia, PA 19123, USA
6Vietnamese Women Association of Eastern Region, 3 Coventry Circle East, Marlton, NJ 08053, USA

Received 23 April 2012; Revised 17 July 2012; Accepted 23 July 2012

Academic Editor: Kimlin Ashing-Giwa

Copyright © 2012 Grace X. Ma et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. Vietnamese American women are at the greatest risk for cervical cancer but have the lowest cervical cancer screening rates. This study was to determine whether demographic and acculturation, healthcare access, and knowledge and beliefs are associated with a prior history of cervical cancer screening among Vietnamese women. Methods. Vietnamese women (n=1450) from 30 Vietnamese community-based organizations located in Pennsylvania and New Jersey participated in the study and completed baseline assessments. Logistic regression analyses were performed. Results. Overall levels of knowledge about cervical cancer screening and human papillomavirus (HPV) are low. Factors in knowledge, attitude, and beliefs domains were significantly associated with Pap test behavior. In multivariate analyses, physician recommendation for screening and having health insurance were positively associated with prior screening. Conclusion. Understanding the factors that are associated with cervical cancer screening will inform the development of culturally appropriate intervention strategies that would potentially lead to increasing cervical cancer screening rates among Vietnamese women.