Learning Objective 1: understand Taiwanese women’s behavior intentions of pap smear use applying the theory of a planned behavior model.
Learning Objective 2: understand a nurse’s role while meet the women who need to receive pap smear education.
Methods: A cross-sectional study was designed, with 503 women recruited from a township health office located in the southwest of
Results: The attitude did have impact on the behavioral intention. The path from the subjective norm was significant (γ=0.33, t=5.66), indicating that the subjective norm did have positive direct effect on the behavioral intention. The path from the perceived behavior control was significant (γ=0.16, t=3.60), indicating that the perceived behavior control did have positive influence on the behavioral intention. 15% of the variance in the target behavior was explained by the behavioral intention. The path from the behavioral intention was significant (β=0.39, t=8.90), indicating that the behavioral intention did have positive influence on the target behavioral. The standardized coefficient showed that the subjective norm had largest effect on the behavioral intention comparing to the variables of attitude and perceived behavioral control in this study.
Conclusion: The attitude, subjective norm, and behavioral intention did have impact on the behavioral intention to receive the test. Nursing education could include adequate intervention to encourage women’s attitude in receiving Pap smear screening.
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