Access to Papanicolaou Test by the Unified Health System users


  • Vanessa Franco de Carvalho
  • Nalú Pereira da Costa Kerber
  • Vanessa Andréia Wachholz
  • Flávia Conceição Pohlmann
  • Letícia Amico Marques
  • Fabiane Ferreira Francioni



Health Services Accessibility, Papanicolaou Test, Secondary Prevention, Nursing.


Objective: to understand how is the access to the public health service users in the Papanicolaou Test. Methods: qualitative study, with 52 women who have changes in the Pap smear exam, questioning the exam achievement frequency and the difficulties of its access and the consultations. It was developed a thematic analysis based on the Fekete accessibility reference.Results: three categories emerged: access to information on the frequency of Pap smears, highlighting the completion of the examination linked only to the professional application; access to Pap smears, in which most women do not have difficulty; access to a return visit, showing the difficulty of women getting back into service after the exam. Conclusion: most women have easy access to the Pap smear.
However, there are limitations on the return visit, hindering to establish immediate actions to the beginning of treatment.




How to Cite

Carvalho, V. F. de, Kerber, N. P. da C., Wachholz, V. A., Pohlmann, F. C., Marques, L. A., & Francioni, F. F. (2016). Access to Papanicolaou Test by the Unified Health System users. Rev Rene, 17(2), 198–207.



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