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Barriers and facilitators to cervical screening for Filipino women – a narrative literature review

Floor Christie-de Jong (Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing, University of Sunderland, Sunderland, UK and Faculty of Health and Medicine, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK)
Siobhan Reilly (Faculty of Health Studies, University of Bradford, Bradford, UK and Faculty of Health and Medicine, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK)

International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care

ISSN: 1747-9894

Article publication date: 27 November 2020

Issue publication date: 18 February 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

Mortality rates of cervical cancer are high amongst Filipino women; however, uptake of cervical screening is low. The purpose of this paper is to identify known barriers and facilitators to cervical screening for Filipino migrant women.

Design/methodology/approach

A systematic approach was adopted for the search, data extraction, critical appraisal and synthesis processes of this review. Eight electronic databases were searched. Studies published in peer review journals in English between 1995 and 2019 were reviewed.

Findings

In total, 20 relevant studies were identified. Studies were heterogeneous in design and focus and mostly conducted in the USA. A complex multifactorial picture of barriers to cervical screening was identified, which included: demographic, cognitive, access, health-care provider and cultural factors. None of the studies incorporated all factors.

Practical implications

This review demonstrates the complexity and multifactorial characteristic of cervical screening for Filipino migrant women. To increase uptake of screening, barriers to cervical screening for Filipino migrant women need to be fully understood. Future research should be conducted in different locations, focussing on multiple factors.

Originality/value

Aggregation of barriers and facilitators for Asian women combined tends to ignore cultural differences between groups. This review synthesises the existing but scarce literature to identify known barriers and facilitators to cervical screening for this specific population of Filipino migrant women.

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Acknowledgements

This study was part of a PhD study. The authors wish to thank Dr Sara Morris for her support in the development of the manuscript. Conflict of interest: The authors report no conflict of interest. Source of funding: The authors received no financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article.

Citation

Christie-de Jong, F. and Reilly, S. (2021), "Barriers and facilitators to cervical screening for Filipino women – a narrative literature review", International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, Vol. 17 No. 1, pp. 16-34. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMHSC-04-2019-0043

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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