Outcomes of the learn, share and live breast cancer education program for older urban women

C. S. Skinner, C. L. Arfken, B. Waterman

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Abstract

Objectives. This study assessed whether the Learn, Share and Live breast cancer education program resulted in favorable, replicable, and sustainable outcomes: Methods. The program was implemented at index (year 1) and replication (year 2) sites. Baseline interviews (year 1; n= 240) and 2 follow-up telephone interviews (years 2 and 3; n=337 and 323) were used to assess postintervention changes. Results. From baseline to year 2, mammography adherence and stage of adoption improved at the index site relative to the replication site. Knowledge scores and percentages of respondents reporting that a friend had spoken with them about mammography improved significantly. Improvements were sustained through year 3 (2 years postintervention). In year 3, replication participants showed improvements in regard to knowledge and perceived mammnography benefits, and there was a trend toward increased adherence. Site differsences in postintervention adherence may have stemmed from respective choices of follow-up activities. Conclusions. The study outcomes affirm the impact of Learn, Share and Live, indicating a replicated and sustained program effect. Future studies should continue longer follow-up and explore the importance of providing mammography opportunities along with education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1229-1234
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume90
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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