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Table 1 Characteristics of the study participants. Characteristics of Pakistani and Somali women who attended the meetings

From: A community-based intervention to increase participation in cervical cancer screening among immigrants in Norway

Variables Pakistani n = 102(%) Somali n = 128(%)
Age (years)
  < 25 1 (0.98) 12 (9.3)
 25–45 67 (66.7) 97 (75.7)
 46–69 31 (30.4) 17 (13.2)
 70+ 3 (2.94) 1 (0.8)
Number of Children
 0 5 (4.9) 29 (22.6)
 1 8 (6.9) 15 (2.6)
 2 20 (18.7) 19 (14.8)
 3+ 69 (67.7) 62 (48.4)
Marital status
 Single 6 (5.7) 15 (2.6)
 Married 87 (86.2) 59 (46.1)
 Separated/Divorced/Widow 9 (7.9) 45 (35.1)
Country of birth
 Pakistan 76 (75.6)
 Somalia 123 (96.1)
 Norway/other 26 (25.6) 4 (3.1)
Language
 Urdu/Somali 34/− (32.9) −/112 (87.5)
 Norwegian 5 (4.9)
 Norwegian/Urdu/Somali 43 (41.9) 10 (7.8)
 Norwegian/Urdu/Punjabi/English 20 (19.7) 2 (1.5)
Years of schoola
 No school 12 (11.7) 21 (16.4)
  ≤ 11 14 (13.6) 41 (32.3)
 12–14 38 (37.6) 51 (39.2)
 15+ 35 (34.7) 6 (4.6)
 P for trend   
Do you know how to make an appointment with your GP?
 Yes 90 (89.6) 103 (80.4)
 No 12 (11.9) 21 (16.4)
Have you ever taken a screening test?
 Yes 73 (72.7) 58 (45.3)
 No 29 (28.4) 68 (51.7)
How long ago   
 Never 29 (28.4) 68 (51.7)
 1 year 26 (25.7) 19 (14.8)
 2+ years 47 (46.0) 42 (32.7)
After this meeting, do you think you should contact your general practitioner to take a screening test?
 Yes 79 (77.4) 116 (90.6)
 No 23 (21.9) 12 (9.3)
How often do you need to have someone help you when you read instructions, pamphlets, or other written material from your doctor or pharmacy?
 Never 60 (59.2) 72 (56.2)
 Always 12 (11.9) 19 (14.9)
 Sometimes 13 (12.1) 21 (16.4)
 Rarely 16 (15.8) 15 (11.8)
  1. aNo school(no education); ≤ 11 years (Elementary school); 12–14 years (High School);15+ (University Level)
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