When one size does not fit all: Using participatory action research to co-create preventive healthcare services
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2015

Organized screening programs have proved effective at reducing cervical cancer in Sweden by offering early detection of precancerous cells. However, participation rates vary across groups of women. The purpose of this paper is to explore how participatory action research contributes to (re)designing cervical cancer screening programs to better meet local residents’ needs and expectations. The paper examines the Pap smear testing barriers encountered by foreign-born women. It is also reported how different actors within the healthcare system as well as civil society can work together to address these barriers and improve healthcare services. Moreover, the paper contributes to action research methodology by demonstrating how participatory inquiries benefit from quantitative monitoring of improvement initiatives.


Participatory action research

cervical cancer screening


Erik Olsson

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Industriell kvalitetsutveckling

Malena Lau

Centre for Equity in Health

Action Research

1476-7503 (ISSN)

Vol. 13 1 9-29


Hållbar utveckling

Innovation och entreprenörskap


Övrig annan samhällsvetenskap



Mer information

Senast uppdaterat