Promoting early presentation of breast cancer by older women: A preliminary evaluation of a one-to-one health professional-delivered intervention

Caroline C. Burgess, Louise Linsell, Marcia Kapari, Lynne Omar, Michael Michell, Patsy Whelehan, Michael A. Richards, Amanda J. Ramirez

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    Abstract

    Objective: To test the early effects of a novel one-to-one health professional-delivered intervention designed to increase awareness and thereby promote early presentation of breast cancer among older women. Methods: Women attending their final routine appointment in the English NHS Breast Screening Programme received a booklet or a booklet supplemented by a brief interview, in addition to usual care. This was a within-group before-and-after evaluation of the two versions of the intervention. The primary outcome was change in the knowledge of breast cancer symptoms from baseline to 1 month postintervention. Secondary outcomes were knowledge of risk of developing breast cancer, confidence to detect a breast change, and likelihood of disclosure to someone close. Levels of cancer worry and any adverse effects caused by the intervention were also monitored. Results: One hundred seventy-six women received the booklet and 116 received the booklet-plus-interview. At 1-month postintervention, the mean number of breast cancer symptoms identified (out of 11) increased from 5.3 by 1 symptom (P
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)377-387
    Number of pages12
    JournalJournal of Psychosomatic Research
    Volume67
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2009

    Keywords

    • delayed presentation
    • Breast cancer
    • one-to-one intervention

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