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Table 1 Question on barriers to cervical cancer screening and follow-up probes

From: Clinicians’ perceptions of barriers to cervical cancer screening for women living with behavioral health conditions: a focus group study

What are some of the barriers for cervical cancer screening for this vulnerable population?

Healthcare system (external), clinical (internal) barriers

Insurance/Cost—To what extent is the cost a barrier? Because the insurer might not cover the care?


Reminders/EHR and IT/ time/ priority of cancer vs. other acute problems

Access to services

Women’s access to services including scheduling and transportation? Geographic movement of patients across healthcare systems?

Other Social Determinants of Health for this population?

Cell phone/internet access?


To what extent is patient trust a barrier for cervical cancer screening?


Patient knowledge of / prioritizing preventive screenings