Knowledge, Attitude and Practice (KAP) Concerning cervical cancer and screening among rural and urban female healthcare practitioners in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Academic Article


  • Background and Objective: Little is known about cervical cancer (CC) in the Democratic People'sRepublic of Korea (DPRK). This study examines the knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) concerning CC and screening among female health care practitioners (HCPs), and whether differences exist between rural and urban HCPs. Method: In a descriptive cross-sectional study, a purposive sample of 200 women HCPs from 128 health care centers in 6 provinces of DPRK was interviewed using a standardized questionnaire. Results: 98% of HCPs were aware of CC. Awareness of the national CC policy was significantly lower in rural (44%) than urban (62%) respondents (p<0.05). Fewer rural (71%) than urban (89%) HCPs knew of cervical cytology (p<0.05). Around 30% of HCPs were aware of the association between CC and human papillomavirus infection. Only 13% of HCPs had ever had a cervical cytology smear. Only 4% of rural and 21% of urban practitioners (p<0.05) provided cytology; all used unaided visual inspection of the cervix without staining to determine whether cytology testing was indicated. For all, screening intervals depended on presence of symptoms. Conclusion: Misconceptions and ineffective clinical practices regarding screening need to be urgently addressed among both rural and urban HCPs. There are no major differences between rural and urban HCPs regarding their KAP.
  • Author List

  • Tran NT; Taylor R; Choe SI; Pyo HS; Kim OS; So HC
  • Start Page

  • 3023
  • End Page

  • 3028
  • Volume

  • 12
  • Issue

  • 11