Does four minutes makes a difference? Delivering culturally competent breast cancer education to women
All participants were mailed a breast cancer knowledge pre-test one week before the program. Participants who had received the education within the last two years received a shortened, four minute version, while all other participants received the standard education. Pre- and post-tests were compared to determine if the shortened education program increased knowledge.
586 women participated in 32 education sessions from 5/1/13-04/30/14, and around 55% were previous participants. The mean age was 51.1 years, and the response rate to the post-test was around 45%. A Wilcoxon Signed Ranks Test showed that a shortened version of the culturally competent education program did statistically increase breast cancer knowledge among Amish and Mennonite women (Z=-4.757, p<.001). Results of the study highlight the importance of targeting messages to repeat participants for continued engagement and retention of key breast cancer facts.
Learning Areas:Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education
Evaluate the impact on knowledge to women receiving culturally competent breast cancer education. Identify barriers for Amish and Mennonite women to follow recommended breast cancer guidelines.
Keyword(s): Cancer, Cultural Competency
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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