CERVIVA ICE - Irish Cervical Screening Research Consortium

Status: 
Cancer(s): 
Research theme(s): 
Related staff: 
Prof Linda Sharp (former staff)
Collaborators & co-investigators: 
Dr Grainne Flannelly, National Maternity Hospital, Dublin
Dr Cara Martin, Coombe Hospital, Dublin
Prof Charles Normand, Trinity College Dublin
Prof John O’Leary, Coombe Hospital, Dublin
Prof Michael Turner, Coombe Hospital, Dublin
Funding source: 
Health Research Board

CERVIVA is a highly successful health services research consortium which has successfully delivered results in relation to the views and attitudes of women towards cervical screening in Ireland and the psychological impact of cervical screening and human papillomavirus (HPV) testing on women. CERVIVA ICE aims to build on the results from CERVIVA and bridges the gap between clinical, population health and health services research in the areas of health economics, molecular biology and epidemiology and psycho-educational intervention in the area of cervical pre-cancer screening. The project is made up of three workpackages: one on molecular biology/epidemiology (workpackage 1), one on health economics (workpackage 2) and one on psycho-educational intervention development (workpackage 3). Researchers at the National Cancer Registry are co-ordinating workpackage 3.

The aim of CERVIVA ICE workpackage 3 is to develop a theory-based psycho-educational intervention to alleviate the adverse psychological after-effects of colposcopy and related management procedures, such as punch biopsies and LLETZ.

The workpackage is building directly on our work in CERVIVA Phase 1, including our longitudinal quantitative study of psychological impact and health-related quality of life in women attending colposcopy. As part of CERIVIVA ICE workpackage 3 , we conducted a qualitative study involving in-depth interviews with women about their experiences of colposcopy and psychological after-effects.  We also undertook the first ever systematic review of the adverse psychological after-effects of colposcopy and related procedures. 

Currently, we our using the results of the longitudinal quantitative study, qualitative study on women’s experiences of colposcopy and the systematic review to inform the development of an appropriate based psycho-educational intervention to alleviate the adverse psychological after-effects of colposcopy and related procedures. We hope to have a ‘prototype’ intervention developed by the end of our current funding.

The outputs of this research programme are expected to significantly inform CervicalCheck and make a significant contribution to improving the quality of life for all Irish women.

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