This study was conducted to examine the relationship between regular physical activity and routine cervical cancer screening. Seventy-six conveniently selected women ages 18-65 were surveyed at two locations: the California State University, Long Beach, campus and the Sports Conditioning and Rehabilitation fitness center (Orange, California). Criteria for cervical cancer screening guideline compliance were set by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Demographic statistics and Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System questionnaire responses were analyzed to determine whether there was a significant relationship between adequate physical activity and routine cervical cancer screenings.
Results indicated no significant relationship between Pap smear 100and physical activity compliance. More detailed research reasons for compliance versus noncompliance to both guidelines should be assessed to pinpoint areas that could improve compliance and follow-up. Nurse practitioners should be aware of the common barriers to compliance in order to increase the prevalence of both activities in their patients.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
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