Hispanic Health Care International
Introduction: Hispanic women’s cervical cancer rates are disproportionately high. Cues to cervical cancer screening (Cues to Action) are strategies to activate the decision-making process to get screened for cervical cancer. This study used the health belief model to examine which cues prompt Hispanic women to undergo cervical cancer screening and how perceptions could be potentiated by cues to cervical cancer screening.
Method: A cross-sectional survey was conducted among Hispanic women 18 to 65 years old (n = 220). Generalized linear modeling was used.
Results: Spanish media and reminders by mother and doctors were relevant cues. Generalized linear modeling showed cues to action modified significantly the predictive effect of Perceived Threats (i.e., Susceptibility, Severity), benefits, barriers, and self-efficacy on Hispanic women’s cervical cancer screening behavior. “Mother told me” and Spanish media messages were significant covariates.
Conclusion: Cues to Action influenced Hispanic’s women participation in cervical cancer screening. Cues to Action increased the strength of the health belief model as an explanatory model, and must be considered in designing culturally appropriate cervical cancer screening interventions.
Moore de Peralta, A., Holaday, B., & Hadoto, I. M. (2017). Cues to Cervical Cancer Screening Among U.S. Hispanic Women. Hispanic Health Care International, 15(1), 5–12. https://doi.org/10.1177/1540415316682494