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Promoting early presentation of breast cancer in older women during the seasonal influenza vaccination campaign

Kaushal, Aradhna, McCormick, Katrina, Warburton, Fiona, Burton, Cathy, Ramirez, Amanda J., Forbes, Lindsay J.L. (2018) Promoting early presentation of breast cancer in older women during the seasonal influenza vaccination campaign. British Journal of Nursing, 28 (1). pp. 43-49. ISSN 0966-0461. (doi:10.12968/bjon.2019.28.1.43) (KAR id:71995)

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Background: Older women are at high risk of presenting with late stage of breast cancer, which may be partly because of poor breast cancer awareness. Aims: The aim of this project was to implement and evaluate a new way of delivering the Promoting Early Presentation (PEP) Intervention during flu vaccination appointments in primary care. The PEP intervention is a 1-minute intervention, accompanied by a booklet and delivered by primary care health professionals to provide older women with the knowledge, confidence and skills to present promptly on discovering symptoms of breast cancer. Methods: Health professionals delivered the PEP Intervention to older women at six general practices in South London. We measured changes in breast cancer awareness after the intervention and interviewed practice staff about their experiences of the intervention. Findings: Knowledge of breast symptoms and breast checking was greater in women aged 70+ after the implementation than before. Health professionals’ found the intervention acceptable and feasible to implement. Conclusion: This intervention is a novel way of increasing breast cancer awareness in older women, which could contribute to promoting earlier presentation and diagnosis of breast cancer in the UK.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.12968/bjon.2019.28.1.43
Uncontrolled keywords: Primary Health Care; Breast cancer awareness; Health promotion
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Lindsay Forbes
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2019 13:03 UTC
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2019 15:26 UTC
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