Improving cancer screening among women with mobility impairments: Randomized controlled trial of a participatory workshop intervention

Jana J. Peterson, Rie Suzuki, Emily S. Walsh, David I. Buckley, Gloria L. Krahn

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Purpose. To assess the efficacy of an intervention to promote mammography and Papanicolaou (Pap) testing among women with mobility impairments overdue for screenings Design. Randomized controlled trial. Setting. Urban and suburban Oregon. Participants. Women aged 35 to 64 with mobility impairments who reported not receiving a Pap test in the past 3 years and/or mammogram (if age > 40 years) in the last 2 years were eligible. A total of 211 women were randomized, and 156 completed the study (26% attrition). The majority were not employed and reported annual income < $10,000. Intervention. The Promoting Access to Health Services (PATHS) program is a 90-minute, smallgroup, participatory workshop with 6 months of structured telephone support, based on the health belief model and social cognitive theory. Measures. Perceived susceptibility to breast and cervical cancer, perceived benefits of and selfefficacy for screening, intention to be screened, and self-reported receipt of mammography and Pap testing. Analysis. Chi-square tests to examine the proportion of women obtaining screening; analysis of covariance to examine change in theoretical mediators. Results. The intervention group received more Pap tests than the control group at posttest (intervention 61%, control 27%, n = 71, p < 01). No significant group effect was observed for mammography (intervention 49%, control 42%, n = 125, p = .45). Conclusion. Findings indicate that the PATHS intervention promotes Pap testing but not mammography among women with mobility impairments. (Am J Health Promot 2012;26[4]:212- 216.).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)212-216
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Promotion
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2012


  • Disability
  • Mammography
  • Prevention Research
  • Psychological Theory
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Vaginal Smears

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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