Journal of Cancer Education

, 26:540

East Meets West: A Brief Report of a Culturally Sensitive Breast Health Education Program for Chinese-Australian Women

  • Cannas Kwok
  • Fung Kuen Koo
  • Natalie D’Abrew
  • Kate White
  • Jessica K. Roydhouse
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s13187-011-0212-4

Cite this article as:
Kwok, C., Koo, F.K., D’Abrew, N. et al. J Canc Educ (2011) 26: 540. doi:10.1007/s13187-011-0212-4

Abstract

Chinese-Australian women are less likely to undergo breast health examination compared to women born in Australia, and cultural beliefs have been identified as a barrier to screening participation and breast health practices. We sought to promote awareness using trained lay health advisers (breast health advocates). This paper discusses the impact of the training program on advocate knowledge and beliefs, and women's experience as advocates. Thirty-seven of 50 women approached participated in an education program. The education was delivered over one full day and one half-day follow-up. Data were collected using questionnaires, focus groups and interviews. The program increased participant knowledge of breast health, decreased misperceptions about breast cancer and enhanced participants' readiness to discuss these topics with other Chinese women. Advocates enjoyed the role but did not always remember to promote awareness. The program appears effective and is suitable for further, more widespread testing.

Keywords

Breast cancer Breast cancer screening Breast health advocates Breast health education program Chinese-Australian women 

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© Springer 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Cannas Kwok
    • 1
    • 2
  • Fung Kuen Koo
    • 1
  • Natalie D’Abrew
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kate White
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Jessica K. Roydhouse
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Sydney Nursing School (MO2)University of SydneySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Cancer Nursing Research Unit, Sydney Cancer CentreRoyal Prince Alfred HospitalSydneyAustralia
  3. 3.School of Nursing, Midwifery and Postgraduate MedicineEdith Cowan UniversityPerthAustralia

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