A nurse-delivered intervention to reduce barriers to breast and cervical cancer screening in Chicago inner city clinics

Public Health Rep. Jan-Feb 1994;109(1):104-11.

Abstract

An 18-month intervention was implemented to increase breast and cervical cancer screening among poor African-American women in Chicago. Breast and cervical cancer screening programs were set up in two public clinics, one community-based and the other hospital-based. Nurse clinicians and public health workers were used in these programs to recruit women in the clinics and in targeted community institutions to receive free breast and cervical cancer screening. The following barriers were specifically addressed by the intervention: accessibility of screening, knowledge about breast and cervical cancers, access to followup screening examinations, and access to treatment. A computerized followup system was specifically designed to track patients. During the 18 months of the intervention, 10,829 visits were made by 7,654 low-income women. A total of 84 cases of breast cancer and 9 cases of cervical cancer were detected. Awareness of the program, as measured by a survey after the completion of the intervention, increased in both clinics compared with baseline results. Knowledge about breast and cervical cancers also increased, as measured by scores on tests given before and after a class on breast and cervical cancers. Followup rates were 86 percent for women attending the programs. More than 90 percent of the women referred for evaluation of breast abnormalities kept an appointment. In summary, the intervention was successful in reducing barriers to breast and cervical cancer detection and in attracting a high-risk group of women.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Breast Neoplasms / prevention & control*
  • Community Health Nursing*
  • Female
  • Health Education / methods*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Services Accessibility*
  • Humans
  • Illinois
  • Mass Screening / nursing
  • Mass Screening / statistics & numerical data*
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Compliance
  • Program Evaluation
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / prevention & control*