Using targeted education cards in a breast cancer intervention among Amish and Mennonite women
All participants were given a pretest survey one week before the breast cancer education program. While attending a program, previous participants were asked to randomly choose a breast cancer education card that entailed one of six breast cancer topics. All participants received a posttest survey within the mail at three months that asked the same breast cancer questions as the pretest. Knowledge scores were then compared to measure the impact of the breast cancer education cards on knowledge.
A total of 390 Amish and Mennonite women participated in the culturally competent breast cancer intervention between 5/15/14 and 12/06/14. The mean age was 52.4 years, and 130 completed the post-test (33.1%). The education program did statistically increase breast cancer knowledge for both new and repeat participants (p<.001). However, the impact of the breast cancer cards was inconsistent in increasing specific breast cancer knowledge facts. A targeted follow-up educational message in writing is recommended to reinforce key knowledge facts after the intervention.
Learning Areas:Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related education
Public health or related research
Identify barriers to delivering breast cancer education to Amish and Mennonite communities. Compare the impact of breast cancer education cards on breast cancer knowledge.
Keyword(s): Cultural Competency, Cancer
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As founding director of Project Hoffnung (German for âHopeâ) for almost 18 years, I have received research funding and donations in excess of $1.5 million dollars and served as Principal Investigator on a number of research studies aimed at reducing the burden of cancer through culturally-competent breast health education programs. I am a certified Community Health Worker who has developed, implemented, and evaluated community-led initiatives where disparities exist between access, knowledge, and care.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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