Pap Smear and Mammogram Screening Rates in a Refugee and General OB/GYN Clinic: A Retrospective Review

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Journal of immigrant and minority health


Although multiple studies have shown that resettled refugee women are less likely to receive preventative cancer screenings like pap smears and mammograms, a small number have demonstrated the opposite. This retrospective chart review, conducted between January 2017 and October 2018, compares pap smear and mammogram rates of patients seen in a refugee-specific OB/GYN clinic with patients from the general OB/GYN clinic at the same institution. Data from 298 patients (149 refugee and 149 general clinic patients matched by age and date-of-visit) were analyzed. Pap smear screening rates were 90.60% in the refugee group and 73.83% in the general group [p < 0.009, aOR 3.46 (1.36–8.81)], while mammogram screening rates were 36.84% and 38.60%, respectively (p = 0.46). The provision of holistic services meeting refugee women's unique needs can effectively increase pap smear screening rates.

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