Received from the Department of Medicine (IDA, FAH), Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care, and Center for Health Policy and Research (IDA, JMS, FAH), University of California, Irvine, Calif; and Department of Medicine (CC), University of Rochester, Rochester, NY.
Impact of English Language Proficiency on Receipt of Pap Smears Among Hispanics
Article first published online: 2 APR 2004
Journal of General Internal Medicine
Volume 19, Issue 9, pages 967–970, September 2004
How to Cite
De Alba, I., Sweningson, J. M., Chandy, C. and Hubbell, F. A. (2004), Impact of English Language Proficiency on Receipt of Pap Smears Among Hispanics. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 19: 967–970. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1497.2004.30354.x
- Issue published online: 20 AUG 2004
- Article first published online: 2 APR 2004
- Pap smear;
- English language proficiency;
- health disparities;
- cancer prevention
Our aim was to assess the impact of English language proficiency on Pap smear use among Hispanics. We performed a cross-sectional study using 2000 National Health Interview Survey data and included 2,331 Hispanic women, age ≥18 without a hysterectomy. After adjusting for sociodemographic and access factors, highly proficient English speakers were more likely to report a Pap smear in the past 3 years as compared to low proficient (adjusted prevalence ratio, 1.16; 95% confidence interval, 1.08 to 1.22). Also associated with Pap smear use were income, usual source of care, and health insurance. Our finding suggests that low English language proficiency is a barrier to receiving recent Pap smears among Hispanics.