Accession Number : ADA299766

Title :   Breast Health Education Study.

Descriptive Note : Annual rept. 1 Jul 94-30 Jun 95,

Corporate Author : MOREHOUSE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE ATLANTA GA

Personal Author(s) : Taylor, Beverly D.

PDF Url : ADA299766

Report Date : 30 JUL 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 88

Abstract : Morehouse school of Medicine had developed a Breast Health Study that focuses on two groups: (1) minority, underserved women who are residents of Atlanta Housing Authority communities, and (2) primary care physicians and other health care providers who care for the medically underserved. The study seeks to determine and validate the efficacy of community-based educational program initiatives in promoting breast health in this population by educating and motivating target women to seek mammograms and often perform breast self-examinations on a regular basis. We also seek women to determine and validate the efficacy of an innovative educational initiative in encouraging other health professionals to discuss and promote clinical breast exams, mammograms and breast self-examinations to their female patients. During this first year of the study we have: redesigned the methodology; conducted two community-based focus groups and one focus group for health care providers; developed and pilot-tested the community assessment instrument; developed and pilot-tested the pre-test/post-test instruments for - each population of the study; developed and pilot-tested the infodrama; identified leaders of each community; and gained access to each community; and begun recruitment for the Community Lay Health Workers. Pre- and post-test assessments will provide data relative to breast cancer knowledge, attitudes and practices among 200 low-income minority women who will receive an educational intervention and increased access for screening services. Two hundred women of similar circumstance and geographic composition will also be assessed but will receive no intervention until the end of the study.

Descriptors :   *HEALTH, *MEDICAL SERVICES, *CANCER, *MAMMARY GLANDS, COMMUNITIES, EDUCATION, CLINICAL MEDICINE, TARGETS, POPULATION, INSTRUMENTATION, PERSONNEL, PATIENTS, PHYSICIANS, WOMEN, FEMALES.

Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
      Information Science
      Anatomy and Physiology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE