Accession Number : ADA334189

Title :   An Intervention Study on Screening for Breast Cancer Among Single African-American Women Aged 65 and Older.

Descriptive Note : Annual rept. 1 Sep 96-31 Aug 97,

Corporate Author : MEHARRY MEDICAL COLL NASHVILLE TN

Personal Author(s) : Zhu, Kangmin

PDF Url : ADA334189

Report Date : SEP 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 72

Abstract : This is a community-based intervention study that aims to develop and evaluate an intervention program on breast screening according to the characteristics of older single African-American women. Study subjects are single African-American women ages 65 and older living in the public housing complexes in Nashville. The complexes are randomly assigned to the intervention or control group. As of August 31, 1997, we have conducted pre-intervention interviews with 232 recruited women. The lay health educators have delivered the intervention to 123 women in the intervention group to improve their breast screening behavior and emotional adjustment skills. Educational materials were mailed to 241 significant others of the women in the intervention group. The significant others were advised to help the women by providing health information, advising a breast screening, increasing emotional support, and giving other needed help. More interviews and intervention deliveries are under way. Through the collective efforts, this study has progressed very well in terms of the statement of work, especially considering that the research team was fully staffed only several months ago. Once interviews at pre-intervention are completed, data will be analyzed to examine the barriers to breast screening and emotional problems among the older single African American women.

Descriptors :   *WOMEN, *AGE DISTRIBUTION, *AFRICAN AMERICANS, *BREAST CANCER, CONTROL, BARRIERS, BEHAVIOR, MEDICAL RESEARCH, INTERVENTION, INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS, HOUSING(DWELLINGS), MAMMARY GLANDS, TIME STUDIES, EMOTIONS, SONOGRAMS, HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT.

Subject Categories : Biology
      Medicine and Medical Research

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