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Pre- and posttest evaluation of a breast cancer risk assessment program for nurse practitioners

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  • Quannetta T. Edwards BSN, MSN, MS, PhD, FNP-C, WHCNP-C, FAANP (Associate Professor),

    1.  Western University of Health Sciences, College of Graduate Nursing, Pomona, California
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  • Diane Seibert BSN, MSN, PhD, ANP-C, WHCNP-C, FAANP (Associate Professor)

    1.  School of Nursing, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, Maryland
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Correspondence
Quannetta T. Edwards, BSN, MSN, MS, PhD, FNP-C, WHCNP-C, FAANP (Associate Professor), Western University of Health Sciences, College of Graduate Nursing, 309 E. Second Street, Pomona, CA 91766-1854.
Tel: 909-469-5521; Fax: 909-469-5521;
E-mail: qedwards@westernu.edu

Abstract

Purpose: Numerous studies have shown that healthcare providers, including nurse practitioners (NPs) fail to provide breast cancer risk assessment (BrCRA) in primary care settings. A potential barrier to the use of BrCRA is insufficient knowledge or training of risk assessment. The purpose of this study was to analyze the outcome of a BrCRA program developed to enhance NPs' knowledge of risk assessment and use of empiric risk assessment models.

Data sources: Thirty-five NPs participated in a before-after (pretest–posttest design) study evaluating the effectiveness of a BrCRA education program conducted at a national NP conference. Demographics, pre/post knowledge, and course satisfaction measures were all examined as a part of this pilot study.

Conclusion: Continuing education through the implementation of a BrCRA program significantly increased NPs knowledge in assessing breast cancer risk and the use of empiric risk assessment models.

Implications for practice: Many healthcare providers, including NPs, are inadequately prepared to assess a woman's risk for breast cancer. Understanding breast cancer risk assessment is essential if NPs are to provide appropriate counseling, management, and referral strategies needed to reduce a woman's risk for developing the disease. Continuing education provides one means to enhance NP's knowledge of BrCRA.

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