Impact of culturally, linguistically, and literacy relevant cancer information among Hispanic farmworker women

J Cancer Educ. 2002 Spring;17(1):50-4. doi: 10.1080/08858190209528793.


Background: This pilot investigation describes the impact of culturally, linguistically, and literacy relevant cancer information in terms of knowledge, satisfaction, comfort level, and intentional and actual breast/cervical cancer screening practices among Hispanic migrant and seasonal farmworker women. METHODS; Study phases were: 1) formative research; 2) instrument development and pretesting; and 3) pilot evaluation among 65 women using a one-group pretest-posttest design.

Results: Participants' reactions to the intervention were highly favorable. While an increase in knowledge (p < 0.001) was observed, no change in comfort was noted. Ninety-seven percent stated that they would be willing to miss a day of work (intent) to get a health check-up.

Conclusion: Educational tools that are culturally, linguistically, and low-literacy can be promising interventions to promote awareness about breast and cervical cancer screening.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Breast Neoplasms / prevention & control
  • Culture
  • Educational Status
  • Female
  • Florida
  • Health Education*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Hispanic or Latino / education*
  • Hispanic or Latino / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Linguistics
  • Mass Screening
  • Middle Aged
  • Pilot Projects
  • Rural Population
  • Transients and Migrants / education*
  • Transients and Migrants / statistics & numerical data
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / prevention & control