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Monday, June 4, 2018

Cervical Cancer Screening in Women With Severe Mental Disorders: An Approach to the Spanish Context

Cervical Cancer Screening in Women With Severe Mental Disorders: An Approach to the Spanish Context

Borrull-Guardeño, Jessica, RN; Domínguez, Alberto, MD; Merizalde-Torres, Milton, H., MD; Sánchez-Martínez, Vanessa, PhD, RN

"The motivation to do this study arises from the multidisciplinary quality of the first author, Jessica Borrull-Guardeño. Being a Midwife and also a Mental health nurse working at an acute psychiatric care unit, she was concerned by the lack of knowledge about the gynecological health of women with severe mental disorders.

People with severe mental disorders are known to have a shorter life expectancy, mainly attributed to cardiovascular disease and cancer. The mortality rates by cancer are higher in people with severe mental disorders compared to the general population. On the other hand, about gynecological health, the efficacy of secondary prevention of cervical cancer is well documented. At the moment, only an opportunistic screening is carried out in Spain and this could lead to lower screening rates in women with severe mental disorders. This motivated Jessica Borrull-Guardeño to develop a search, but she found no studies carried out in our context. That is why she considered that an approach to the situation through a cross-sectional study in the Spanish context was considered necessary and she created a work team.

The study was developed with women who were admitted to the acute psychiatric care unit and it was astonishing to find out that the proportion of women with severe mental disorders who had had a cervical cancer screening was much lower than the general population. In fact, this finding led us to the need to develop other confirmatory studies in different care settings and to an experimental study in this field."


---Dr. Sánchez-Martínez on her paper,"Cervical Cancer Screening in Women With Severe Mental Disorders: An Approach to the Spanish Context," currently published online ahead-of-print on the CANCER NURSING Web site.  The full article may be viewed here with a subscription.