You can provide these resources to patients to help them before, during and post screening. See the full resource library.
Before screening appointment
- Fact sheet explaining self-collection and the Cervical Screening Test
- Video explaining the Cervical Screening Test
During screening appointment
- Instructional video on how to take a Cervical Screening Test sample
- Visual guide on how to collect your own vaginal sample for a Cervical Screening Test
Post screening appointment
There are general barriers that people face in participating in cervical screening. Older patients can face extra barriers relating to:
- pain and discomfort associated with speculum insertion
- misconceptions that people who have been in a monogamous relationship for many years or no longer have a partner, do not require cervical screening.
- misconceptions that if you have reached this age and never had a screen that there is no need to have one now
- misconceptions that people who are no longer sexually active do not require cervical screening
- misconceptions that people who have had a hysterectomy do not require cervical screening.
Strategies to engage
Explain that HPV may lay dormant
Determine type and reason for hysterectomies
Making the Cervical Screening Test more comfortable
Choice of cervical screening collection method