Accession Number:

ADA370140

Title:

Knowledge and Beliefs of Breast Cancer Among Elderly Puerto Rican Women

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 20 Sep 94-19 Sep 98

Corporate Author:

PUERTO RICO UNIV SAN JUAN

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1998-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

203.0

Abstract:

Data from previous research were used to design a sensitive breast-cancer early detection health promotion pilot for older women in Puerto Rico. The program focused on education sessions on breast cancer and coordination of support strategies to screening CBE and mammogram appointments, reminders to appointments, and transportation to screening facilities. It also included a training on breast cancer for primary health-care providers. The educational sessions objectives were Explain breast cancer, its risk factors and early detection practices Identify misconceptions related to the disease Learn and practice correct technique for BSE Learn and practice assertive techniques in patient-physician relationship, and Identify available community resources for screening. Older women were divided into a control and experimental group. Both groups attended the sessions the experimental group received coordination of services to screening. There was a slight increase in knowledge and a significant decrease in misconception after the sessions. There was a slight increase in the practice of BSE but not significant. The group receiving coordination support had greater compliance with CBE and mammogram than those left on their own. Evaluation results suggest that the combination of different interventions may be more effective than individual strategies alone for early detection compliance.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE