Evaluating a theory-based health education intervention to improve awareness of prostate cancer among men in western Jamaica

R. McCree-Hale, T. M. Hale, K. R. Rutley, M. Aung, P. Jolly

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Abstract

Objective: To evaluate the impact of a theory-based health education intervention on awareness of prostate cancer and intention to screen among men in Western Jamaica. Methods: One hundred and eighty-eight men attending outpatient clinics in a hospital in Western Jamaica completed an interviewer-administered pretest survey. Following the pretest, participants received a health education intervention related to prostate cancer and an immediate post-test survey. Results: There were statistically significant increases in the percentage of correct responses between the pre and post-test (p<0.05). The greatest improvement was among items measuring knowledge of prostate cancer screening tests. Participant's moved across the Stages of Change theoretical constructs indicating intention to screen. Conclusion: The sample was receptive to information about prostate cancer and the use of a theory-based educational intervention positively influenced knowledge of prostate cancer risk factors, symptoms, and types of screenings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalWest Indian Medical Journal
Volume61
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cancer screening
  • Health education
  • Jamaica
  • Prostate cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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