African Americans' knowledge of cancer genetic counseling: an examination of information delivery.

Jeff Kendall, Zohra Ali Kahn Catts, Colleen Kendall, Lynn Jones

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Two groups totaling 44 African Americans from two community churches were examined to determine the impact of two presentations on the uptake of genetic counseling educational material. Both presentations were developed with adult learning theory principles and offered information about cancer genetic risk assessment. The second presentation was enhanced to include a description, with pictures, of a culturally relevant fictitious family's course through risk assessment. Hypotheses were: a) knowledge would increase for each group and b) culturally relevant pictures and a family description would increase satisfaction with the presentation. A pre- and post-assessment was conducted with pre-assessment including demographic information and a knowledge questionnaire. Post-assessment included the knowledge questionnaire and a presentation satisfaction questionnaire. Independent t tests were used to analyze the gain scores between pre- and post-knowledge questionnaires and the satisfaction scores between groups. These results are discussed in terms of decreasing disparities in African Americans' participation in risk assessment through community outreach educational programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)453-458
Number of pages6
JournalDelaware medical journal
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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