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During cervical screening, women desired good communication with their doctor and to be treated with sensitivity

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Question What are Canadian women's experiences of accessing health care and cervical screening?


Focus groups.


An urban centre in North York, Ontario, Canada.


110 women between 20 and 60 years. All women were from low income households and most were married, had children, had had a Papanicolaou (Pap) test within the previous few years, and had a family doctor. Women were recruited by a coalition of community agencies using poster announcements placed in community centres and distributed in the neighbourhood.


Skilled women facilitators conducted 11 focus group sessions using open ended questions about women's experiences of accessing health care, concerns about cervical screening, and suggestions for cervical screening recruitment strategies. Sessions were audiotaped and data …

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  • Source of funding: Ontario Ministry of Health.

  • For correspondence: Dr Margaret I Fitch, Toronto-Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5, Canada. Fax +1 416 480 6002.