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Table 2 Communication of abnormal Pap test results, reaction to it (in at least 10% of patients in any one country) and follow-up of abnormal Pap smear results

From: Psychological impact, support and information needs for women with an abnormal Pap smear: comparative results of a questionnaire in three European countries

  % patients
  Total
(N = 1475)
France
(N = 765)
A
Spain
(N = 467)
B
Portugal
(N = 243)
C
Announcement made via:
Letter 36.0 58.9 BC 12.7 36.3 B
   From physician 22.1 33.6B 9.2 23.5B
   From laboratory ± physician 13.9 25.3BC 3.5 12.8B
Phone call 52.0 31.9 75.7 AC 48.4 A
   From physician's secretary 27.8 8.5 53.4AC 21.5A
   From physician 24.2 23.4 22.3 26.9
Other 13.7 10.6 14.0 16.6
Initial feelings after being told of abnormal Pap smear test result*
   Anxiety 59.1 74.0B 36.4 66.9B
   Panic 32.9 29.1 25.6 43.9AB
   Stress 23.3 38.6BC 7.6 23.9B
   Did not know what it meant 22.9 25.1 29.9C 13.8
   Incredulity 9.9 4.5 17.8AC 7.5
   Guilty 8.6 8.4 11.9C 5.4
   Anger 8.4 7.6C 15.6AC 2.0
Feelings after physician's explanation of findings and next steps*
   Worried 51.5 47.3 56.0A 51.2
   Reassured 33.9 34.5 30.7 36.4
   Confident 19.2 19.3C 7.3 31.0AB
   Optimistic 17.7 9.8BC 19.9 23.5
   Relieved 14.5 11.6 14.9 16.9
   Disorientated 13.7 18.5BC 12.5 9.9
   Depressed 11.8 15.7C 13.0C 6.6
  1. Data from Questions 3, 4 and 5
  2. Superscript letters (A, B, C) show significantly superiority (0.1% risk; Student t-test) relative to the corresponding value in the superscript column indicated.
  3. *Up to three responses per question permitted