Why Thai women do not have cervical carcinoma screening test?


  • Pansu Chumworathayi
  • Bandit Chumworathayi


Background: Although modern Thai women have more education and knowledge, from variety sources of information including cervical cancer prevention, cervical cancer screening coverage rate in them is still low at only 5%. Therefore, limitation of their knowledge should not be the cause. Authors did this study to examine all the causes remained after extensive health education given.

Objective: To examine reasons why Thai women still do not have Pap smear after extensive health education was provided

Method: We have examined reasons that might be the causes of Pap smear lack after periodically educating 200 women, aged 35-60 years-old, in an inner city community for at least twice within 1 year and asking the ones who still did not have Pap smear at 8-12 months for their reasons.

Design: Interventional cohort by health education and descriptive study for their reasons of Pap smear lack

Setting: Samliem inner city community, Khon Kaen, Thailand

Result: At 8-12 months after extensive health education for at least twice, 63% (126/200) of educated women still did not have Pap smear. The reasons were as follows; busy (67.5%), embarrassment (32.5%) and no symptom (20.6%).

Conclusion: Thai inner city women are too busy to have Pap smears. Embarrassment is the second reason. Screening-based cervical cancer prevention programme still needs other supporting strategies to build up an occasion for them.


How to Cite

Chumworathayi P, Chumworathayi B. Why Thai women do not have cervical carcinoma screening test?. SRIMEDJ [Internet]. 2013 Nov. 11 [cited 2024 Jun. 22];22(4):369-75. Available from: https://li01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/SRIMEDJ/article/view/13186



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