Investigating Hong Kong's Filipino domestic workers' healthcare behavior, knowledge, beliefs and attitudes towards cervical cancer and cervical screening

Eleanor A. Holroyd, Ruth E Taylor-Piliae, Sheila F. Twinn

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The aim of this study was to investigate Hong Kong Filipino domestic workers health behaviors, knowledge, beliefs and attitudes about cervical screening and cancer. A concurrent cross sectional survey design used a snowball method of recruitment was used because of the acknowledged problematic access to a random sample of immigrant women. A total of 98 female domestic helpers were actively recruited through designated recreation centers. The women were between 24-45 years old (mean = 37.9, SD = 7.7). The majority of these women were employed as full-time domestic helpers (91%), were earning less than $4000 Hong Kong dollars/month (92%), were married (82%), with children (91%), were non-smokers (88%), and had at least a secondary level of education (100%), with 66% of these women having completed post-secondary education. While the majority of women had previously heard about cervical smears (78%) more than half (53%) reported never having a cervical smear taken. Women who had a prior cervical smear had significantly more knowledge about cervical smears and cervical cancer (mean = 51.34, SD = 2.5) than those who never had a cervical smear (mean = 49.72, SD = 3.2). Recommendations are made for culturally tailored mass screening programmers out of office hours and health information to be provided in both written and oral Tagalong. Doctors and nurse ideally of Filipino origin should be used to deliver health messages that prioritize the importance of self protection for the family and future fertility issues, culturally prized within Filipino society.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-82
Number of pages14
JournalWomen and Health
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

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Hong Kong
Vaginal Smears
Early Detection of Cancer
Uterine Cervical Neoplasms
cancer
Delivery of Health Care
worker
helper
leisure time facility
civil defense
Education
Recreation
Mass Screening
Health Behavior
Health
health information
health behavior
secondary education
level of education
random sample

Keywords

  • Attitudes
  • Behaviors
  • Beliefs
  • Cervical screening
  • Domestic workers
  • Filipino
  • Knowledge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Gender Studies

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Investigating Hong Kong's Filipino domestic workers' healthcare behavior, knowledge, beliefs and attitudes towards cervical cancer and cervical screening. / Holroyd, Eleanor A.; Taylor-Piliae, Ruth E; Twinn, Sheila F.

In: Women and Health, Vol. 38, No. 1, 2003, p. 69-82.

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