The Effectiveness of a Breast Self-Examination Educational Program on Knowledge, Health Beliefs and Practices in Community Health Volunteer

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Sirirat Chatchaisucha
Kanaungnit Pongthavornkamol
Kunchalee Pimpa
Supattra Pornsuksawang


Purpose: This study examined the effectiveness of a Breast Self-Examination (BSE) educational program on knowledge about breast cancer, BSE practice and health beliefs in community health volunteer women before and after attending the program.

Design: Quasi-experimental research.

Methods: The participants were 30 health volunteer women aged between 41-67 years who lived in one urban community of Bangkok. Data were collected using the questionnaires developed by the investigators. Descriptive statistics using percentage, mean, and standard deviation Repeated Measures ANOVA were used for data analysis.

Main findings: The results showed that knowledge about breast cancer screening significantly increased at all three time points of measurement: immediately, six months and 1 year after the educational program (p < .01). BSE practice significantly increased at 1 year after an educational program (p < .01). Knowledge about breast cancer (r = 0.300 p < .01), health beliefs about BSE including perceived benefits of BSE (r = 0.145, p < .01), the perceived barriers of BSE (r = 0.193, p < .01) and perceived self-efficacy (r = 0.225, p < .01) were significantly correlated with BSE practice.

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Chatchaisucha, S., Pongthavornkamol, K., Pimpa, K., & Pornsuksawang, S. (2012). The Effectiveness of a Breast Self-Examination Educational Program on Knowledge, Health Beliefs and Practices in Community Health Volunteer. Nursing Science Journal of Thailand, 29(3), 64–73. Retrieved from
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