Sexual Health Empowerment for Cervical Health Literacy and Cancer Prevention
Cervical Cancer
Conditions: official terms
Uterine Cervical Neoplasms
Study Type
Study Phase
Study Design
Allocation: Non-Randomized, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Prevention
Name: SHE Project
Type: Behavioral
Overall Status
The purpose of this study is to learn if a cervical health literacy program is a practical and helpful way of improving women's cervical health knowledge and improving cancer screening behaviors, and ultimately preventing cervical cancer.
Detailed Description
Women in the criminal just system are 4-5 times more likely to have cervical cancer than non-incarcerated women. Little is known about how to close this gap. The few investigators that have studied cervical cancer risk and disease among women in jails and prisons have found that while many women get screened for cervical cancer, less than half get follow-up care.

The investigator's pilot research suggests the most important contributor to cervical cancer risk, and perhaps lack of follow-up, is incarcerated women's low health literacy about both cervical cancer and broader reproductive health issues. This study is testing a sexual health empowerment intervention (SHE Project) to see if it improves incarcerated women's reproductive health literacy.
Criteria for eligibility
Healthy Volunteers: Accepts Healthy Volunteers
Maximum Age: N/A
Minimum Age: 21 Years
Gender: Female
Criteria: Inclusion Criteria:

- Women sentenced or anticipate a sentence of one year or less

- Ability to follow participants post-jail release

- Able to read and understand English

Exclusion Criteria:

- Women who have been treated for cervical cancer with procedures that would obviate the need for regular screening

- Exhibit severe psychological distress
University of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Status: Recruiting
Wyandotte County Detention Center
Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Status: Recruiting
Jackson County Detention/Regional Correctional Center
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Status: Recruiting
Start Date
April 2014
Completion Date
March 2016
Megha Ramaswamy, PhD, MPH
University of Kansas
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