Indian Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology


EFFECTIVENESS OF A PLANNED TEACHING PROGRAM ON IMPROVING THE KNOWLEDGE ON WARNING SIGNS, RISK FACTORS AND EARLY DETECTION METHODS.


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Author Details: Sr. Daisy. PA, Anatha Naik Nagappa, N Udupa, Sr. Neethu Mathew, Dr. Sr. Betty Carla

Volume : 2

Issue : 1

Online ISSN : 2393-9087

Print ISSN : 2393-9079

Article First Page : 6

Article End Page : 9


Abstract

Context: Presently more than 70% of breast cancer patients report and seek treatment in advanced stages of the disease in India.
Aims: The present study aimed at studying the knowledge gap of participants on breast cancer issues and assessing the effectiveness of planned teaching program on the topic in improving their knowledge. Settings and Design: A pre test was conducted and then gave a class room teaching. At the end of the session a post test was conducted. The participants included 112 the staff and students in a pharmacy college of Kerala, India during November 2009.
Methods and Material: Structured questionnaire was developed and pre tested for assessing the knowledge of subjects on awareness of breast cancer, the risk factors, signs and symptoms, treatments and nutritional factors.
Statistics: paired t test, Chi square and Mann Whitney u tests were applied.
Results: The mean age of the participants was 21.22(SD=3.75), 85.5% of participants were females and 91.96% of them were D.Pharm students. The mean pre test score was 6.76 (SD=2.20) and the mean post test score was 10.3(SD=1.88). Only 15.2% of the participants scored above 60% knowledge in the pretest and after the workshop 76.8% of participants scored above 60% knowledge. The paired t test comparing the mean pre and post test score gave significant results. (P=<0.001). Chi square analysis of pre test score versus demographic variables was insignificant. (P=> 0.05).
Conclusions: Imparting knowledge on breast cancer issues to the students will be promising in cancer control.

Key-words: Breast cancer, awareness, risk factors, warning signs
Key Messages: The women are unaware of breast cancer issues, signs, risk factors and nutrition/life style factors. Workshops of such are useful.