Date of Graduation
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
School of Nursing and Health Professions
Family Nurse Practitioner
Trinette L. Radasa,
Background: Uterine fibroids are benign growths in the uterine muscle that affect around 70% of women. Black women have a higher risk, with three times the likelihood of developing fibroids compared to other races.
Problem: The issue of uterine fibroids continues to be poorly addressed in healthcare settings. Black women continue to be particularly adversely impacted by this problem. There is a lack of better screening methods, leading to late detection and limited treatment options for those hoping to maintain fertility.
Methods: A quality improvement project was implemented at a primary care clinic in Loma Linda, California, using the Uterine Fibroid Symptom and Health-Related Quality of Life (UFS-QOL) questionnaire to screen for fibroid symptoms in Black women.
Interventions: A four-step intervention was implemented to educate and screen black women for fibroids. The interventions were well-received and provided essential information and support to those screened.
Results: Twenty black women were screened for fibroid symptoms using the UFS-QOL questionnaire. Eleven had severe symptoms, four had already been diagnosed, and seven were undiagnosed.
Conclusion: Early detection of fibroids is crucial for effective treatment, especially for women who wish to conceive in the future. The UFS-QOL questionnaire has been instrumental in identifying fibroids in women who were previously unaware of their condition.
Keywords: Uterine fibroids, symptoms, Black women, screening questionnaire, fibroids
Kagendo, Winnie N., "Screening for Uterine Fibroids in Black Women" (2023). Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Projects. 335.