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Development of a community cancer education program: the Forsyth County, NC cervical cancer prevention project.

Authors
  • Michielutte, R
  • Dignan, M B
  • Wells, H B
  • Young, L D
  • Jackson, D S
  • Sharp, P C
Type
Published Article
Journal
Public health reports (Washington, D.C. : 1974)
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1989
Volume
104
Issue
6
Pages
542–551
Identifiers
PMID: 2511586
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The authors outline the development and implementation of a public health education program for cervical cancer screening among black women in Forsyth County, NC. The educational program includes distributing electronic and printed information media messages, a program of direct education for women, and providing information on current issues in cervical screening to primary-care physicians. Program development was based on social marketing principles, the PRECEDE model, and the communication-behavior change (CBC) model. Since a true experimental design was not feasible, program evaluation is based on several complementary quasi-experimental designs. Analysis of baseline data indicate that the county where the intervention is taking place, and the control county, are similar with respect to both demographic characteristics and the current level of screening activity. Preliminary results indicate that the program has been successful in raising women's level of awareness of cervical cancer and cervical screening.

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