Quotation Malhotra, Chetna, Bilger, Marcel, Liu, Joy, Finkelstein, Eric. 2016. Barriers to Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening in Singapore a Mixed Methods Analysis. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources. 17 (8), 3887-3895.




Background In order to increase breast and cervical cancer screening uptake in Singapore, women's perceived barriers to screening need to be identi ed and overcome. Using data from both focus groups and surveys, we aimed to assess perceived barriers and motivations for breast and cervical cancer screening. Materials and Methods We conducted 8 focus groups with 64 women, using thematic analysis to identify overarching themes related to women's attitudes towards screening. Based on recurring themes from focus groups, several hypotheses regarding potential barriers and motivations to screen were generated and tested through a national survey of 801 women aged 25-64. Results Focus group participants had misconceptions related to screening, believing that the procedures were painful. Cost was an issue, as well as ef cacy and fatalism. Conclusions By identifying barriers to and motivators for screening through a mixed-method design that has both nuance and external validity, this study offers valuable suggestions to policymakers to improve breast and cervical cancer screening uptake in Singapore.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation External
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title Barriers to Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening in Singapore a Mixed Methods Analysis
Volume 17
Number 8
Year 2016
Page from 3887
Page to 3895
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URL http://journal.waocp.org/article_33072.html
DOI na
Open Access Y
Open Access Link http://journal.waocp.org/article_33072.html


Bilger, Marcel (Details)
Finkelstein, Eric (Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore)
Liu, Joy (Duke University, Singapore)
Malhotra, Chetna (Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore)
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