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Table 4 Test results, participants' feelings towards treatment and impact on life

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
Abnormal test result
   CIN1 28.4 16.6 39.7A 28.9A
   CIN2/3 25.4 16.2 29.8A 30.2A
   Not serious/to be monitored 24.8 34.6BC 16.2 23.7
   Cervical cancer 4.7 2.6 3.3 8.2A
   Other 14.4 22.8BC 13.2 7.3
Disease management*
   Colposcopy 49.5 70.7BC 35.6 42.1
   Biopsy 42.0 32.1 44.4A 49.6A
   Check-up smear in 6 months 31.6 26.2 44.2AC 24.4
   Cervical conisation 30.0 20.0 38.0A 31.8A
   HPV test 22.7 22.4 29.5AC 16.1
   Check-up smear in 1 year 9.7 8.9 11.7 8.7
   Other 9.3 8.9 8.6 10.3
   Hysterectomy 2.1 0.8 2.6A 2.9
   Don't know 3.1 3.4 2.2 3.7
Feelings about treatment or wait**
   Worried 55.9 50.0 53.9 63.9A
   Confident (reassured) 33.8 31.3 34.2 35.7
   Physical integrity under threat 15.7 21.8BC 14.7 10.5
   Depressed 10.9 10.4 10.5 11.8
   Disorientated 12.0 16.7C 13.4C 5.9
   Ashamed 2.1 3.2 2.2 0.8
   Alone 5.5 10.9BC 4.4 1.3
  1. Data from Questions 2, 8, 9
  2. Superscript letters (A, B, C) show significantly superiority (0.1% risk) relative to the corresponding value in the indicated superscript column.
  3. *More than one response possible
  4. **Up to three responses per question