Written Educational Information and Phone Calls in Increasing Follow-Up Care in Hispanic Women With Abnormal Pap Smears
RATIONALE: Written educational materials and counseling by phone may help promote follow-up care in women with abnormal Pap smears.
PURPOSE: This clinical trial is studying how well written educational information and phone calls work in increasing follow-up care in Hispanic women with abnormal Pap smears.
Other: educational intervention
Other: questionnaire administration
Other: study of socioeconomic and demographic variables
Other: survey administration
|Study Design:||Primary Purpose: Health Services Research|
|Official Title:||Wake Forest University Cervical Screening and Follow Up System for Hispanic Women - A Pilot Study|
- Reasons for nonadherence to follow-up [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Effect of written educational information and phone calls on follow-up rate [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||May 2005|
|Primary Completion Date:||September 2006 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
- Determine the reasons for nonadherence to follow-up in Hispanic women with abnormal Pap smear findings.
- Assess the effect of written educational information and phone calls on follow-up rate in these patients.
OUTLINE: This is a pilot, cross-sectional, controlled, multicenter study. Patients are sequentially assigned to 1 of 3 intervention groups.
- Group 1 (control): Patients complete a standardized Spanish survey questionnaire, assessing their demographic information, knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, experiences with cervical screening, past medical history, and prior treatment, either in person (for those who kept their colposcopy appointment) or over the telephone (for those who did not keep their colposcopy appointment). Additional questions are added for patients who did not keep their colposcopy appointment to test for differences and to learn the reasons for not keeping their appointment.
- Group 2 (written educational information): Patients receive notification of their colposcopy appointment and an educational letter about Pap smears, cervical cancer risk, and the purpose and procedure of colposcopy. They complete the standardized Spanish survey questionnaire as in group 1.
- Group 3 (phone call): Patients receive notification of their colposcopy appointment and a personal telephone call educating them about Pap smears, cervical cancer risk, and the purpose and procedure of colposcopy. They complete the standardized Spanish survey questionnaire as in group 1.
All patients are asked to agree to submit residual Pap smear fluid to the Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest University tumor bank, and be included in a tracking system to insure future follow-up communications.
|United States, North Carolina|
|Wake Forest University Comprehensive Cancer Center|
|Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States, 27157-1096|
|Study Chair:||Brigitte E. Miller, MD||Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest University|