Effects of health teaching in the workplace on women's knowledge, beliefs, and practices regarding breast self-examination

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  • Dr. L. Joan Brailey

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    • Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto 50 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5S 1A1
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    • Dr. L. Joan Brailey is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Abstract

This study had two primary purposes: to examine the effects of group and individual teaching by nurses in the workplace on 140 female office employees' health knowledge, beliefs, and practices regarding breast self-examination and to identify factors associated with frequency of practice. Skill in technique, confidence in the skill, and frequency of breast self-examination increased significantly with both teaching formats, but there were areas of technique that needed further improvement. Perceived susceptibility to breast cancer and perceived benefits of breast self-examination increased significantly only with individual teaching; knowledge was not increased with either teaching format.

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