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Grant Number: 3R01CA248558-03S1 Interpret this number
Primary Investigator: Pratt, Rebekah
Organization: University Of Minnesota
Project Title: Reducing Cervical Cancer Screening Disparities in Somali Immigrant Women Through a Primary Care Based HPV Self-Sampling Intervention
Fiscal Year: 2023


SUMMARY/ABSTRACT Somali women living in the U.S. have lower cervical cancer screening rates than the U.S. general female population. This disparity is due to a range of factors, including limited awareness of HPV and cervical cancer, cultural and religious beliefs, mistrust of health care providers, concerns around modesty and circumcision, and low provider self-efficacy to perform Pap tests on circumcised women. HPV self-sampling is an emerging cervical cancer screening modality that may address common screening barriers among Somali women, particularly those related to modesty and circumcision. HPV self-sampling is accurate for detecting pre- cancerous cervical lesions and effective in reaching underscreened women. In addition, our pilot work has demonstrated the feasibility and acceptability of HPV self-sampling in Somali women. While research has focused primarily on home-based HPV self-sampling, there is an untapped opportunity to offer HPV self- sampling in the primary care setting. Offering HPV self-sampling in primary care could effectively increase cervical cancer screening rates in Somali women by positioning providers to address screening barriers, enabling clinics to opportunistically fit in HPV self-sampling with other appointments, and providing an alternative modality for circumcised women. We propose a Hybrid Type 2 effectiveness-implementation design to assess the effectiveness and implementation of a patient-centered, culturally-tailored HPV self-sampling intervention for Somali women. Guided by the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Science and Social Cognitive Theory, we will conduct focus groups with Somali patients and interviews with providers to identify patient-, provider-, clinic-, and systems-level factors to inform refinement of intervention materials and development of implementation strategies (Aim 1). After tailoring the intervention, we will then implement HPV self-sampling in 2 primary care clinics, and evaluate changes in Somali women’s cervical cancer screening rates one-year pre and one-year post implementation (Aim 2). Changes will be compared with Somali women attending 27 control clinics followed over the same time period, using difference-in-difference methods. Finally, using RE-AIM, we will conduct a post-implementation mixed methods analysis of the processes and strategies needed to successfully implement HPV self-sampling in primary care for Somali patients (Aim 3), including interviews with providers and Somali women. Our hypothesis is that implementing HPV self-sampling in primary care will lead to increased uptake of cervical cancer screening in Somali women and that an implementation science based analysis of the processes needed to successfully implement the intervention will lead to sustainable, novel strategies to support the sustained integration of HPV self-sampling into primary care.


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