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Using formal health education sessions to increase mammography use among women of non-English speaking backgrounds in Rockhampton

posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Tabassum Ferdous
"Although there has been an increasing incidence of breast cancer among Non-English speaking background (NESB) women in many developed countries, existing screening services are being underused by these women. Studies show that the barriers to the accessibility of breast cancer screening by NESB women include their lack of awareness, low level of education, low self-efficacy and lack of social interaction with other women. This study aimed to investigate the knowledge relating to breast cancer and mammography, self-efficacy and barriers to mammography use among NESB women in an Australian regional city before and after their attendance at a health education session. This health education session aimed to increase the awareness and use of mammography among these NESB women. Two widely used behaviour theories, Health belief model and Social Cognitive Theory, were applied as the theoretical framework for this study. A quasi-experimental study was conducted in which the health education session was used as an intervention. Pre-test and post-test questionnaires were completed by study participants before and after the health education session. Their knowledge of breast cancer and mammography was assessed. In addition, their self-efficacy and barriers to the use of mammography were also analysed. Results indicated that informal recruitment strategies were more effective with these NESB women. Initially 49 women were recruited. Of these, 23 women (47%) attended the health education session. As data showed tertiary educated and employed women who already had mammogram/s were more likely to attend the session. After attending the health education session, the womens knowledge relating to breast cancer and mammography was improved and the perceived barriers to the use of mammography were reduced. During a three month follow-up period, there was no change of mammogram use by the women. However, the results showed a trend of increased intention to use the mammogram over a period of two years (41.7%) compared to six months (25.0%). Based on these results, further studies are recommended to explore the beneficial outcomes of health promotion programs targeting NESB women who are not in the workforce or have a low level of education." -- abstract.



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Dr Sansnee Jirowong ; Dr Roberta Harreveld

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