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Session: Breast Cancer Control in the Rural South: Women's and Providers' Perspectives
5087.0: Wednesday, November 08, 2006: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Breast Cancer Control in the Rural South: Women's and Providers' Perspectives
Although breast health has improved in recent years as evidenced by the increase in breast cancer screening rates and the decline in mortality rates, disparities exist among subgroups of women. In particular, rural women and African American women have not equally benefited from advances in screening and treatment as other segments of the population. This session explores knowledge, attitudes/beliefs, and practices of rural and African American women and their primary care providers toward breast cancer control, including screening and clinical trials. Multiple studies were conducted in Mississippi in 2002-04, including in-depth interviews with primary care providers, focus groups with African American women, and a statewide survey of women 40+. The presentations use conceptual frameworks and quantitative and qualitative data analysis to identify needs and barriers to women’s participation in screening and clinical trials, as well as to providers’ referrals. The presentations focus on highlighting factors amenable to change through education, policy, and practice. Findings are intended to further our understanding of unique issues faced by women and providers in the rural south and inform future interventions. It is hoped that this work would contribute to current and future efforts to address disparities in breast health in particular and women’s health in general.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to: 1. Describe disparities in breast health among subgroups of women, including adherence to breast cancer screening guidelines, participation in clinical trials and survival. 2. Appreciate the role of quantitative and qualitative research in investigating needs and barriers of vulnerable populations of women. 3. Discuss factors amenable to change that are associated with women's and providers' participation in breast cancer control efforts. 4. Identify education, policy and practice interventions to promote positive breast health behaviors among rural and minority women.
Moderator(s):Amal Khoury, PhD
8:30 AMBreast cancer control practices of primary care providers in Mississippi  [ Recorded presentation ]
Amal Khoury, PhD, Nedra Lisovicz, PhD, MPH, CHES, Amanda Avis, MPH, CHES
8:48 AMAfrican American women's participation in breast cancer clinical trials: Facilitators and barriers  [ Recorded presentation ]
Amal Khoury, PhD, Nedra Lisovicz, PhD, MPH, CHES, Susan Graham-Kresge, MPH, CHES, Amanda Avis-Williams, MPH, CHES
9:06 AMPredictors of breast cancer fatalism among women in Mississippi  [ Recorded presentation ]
Allyson Hall, PhD, Amal Khoury, PhD, Ellen Lopez, PhD, MPH, Nedra Lisovicz, PhD, MPH, CHES, Amanda Avis, MPH, CHES, Amal Mitra, MD, DrPH
9:24 AMBarriers to initial and repeat breast cancer screening among women residing in Mississippi  [ Recorded presentation ]
Ellen Lopez, PhD, MPH, Amal Khoury, PhD, Allyson Hall, PhD, Nedra Lisovicz, PhD, MPH, CHES
9:42 AMProvider characteristics and adherence to breast cancer screening guidelines  [ Recorded presentation ]
Sophie Ziegler, MD, MPH, Amal Khoury, PhD
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:Women's Caucus
Endorsed by:APHA-Committee on Women's Rights; Gerontological Health; Maternal and Child Health; Socialist Caucus
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

The 134th Annual Meeting & Exposition (November 4-8, 2006) of APHA