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Behavioral Research - Cancer Control and Population Sciences

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Behavioral Studies Regarding HPV and Cervical Cancer

Intervention to Improve Follow-Up of Abnormal Pap Test

Investigator: Carmen Radecki Breitkopf, PhD

A large number of women in the United States who are told that their Papanicolaou (Pap) test was abnormal do not adhere to recommendations for follow-up care. This study, based on the Unified Theory of Behavior, is investigating an intervention designed to improve follow-up rates after notification of an abnormal Pap test. If proven successful, the intervention may significantly increase adherence to follow-up recommendations and consequently decrease the number of women who develop invasive cervical cancer. Multiple behavioral and psychological outcomes including adherence to initial follow-up, anxiety levels, and patient satisfaction will be evaluated.

For more information, contact NCI Program Director: Veronica Chollette, RN, MS


Last Updated: January 5, 2012

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