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Saturday, November 05, 2016

Tracking the Dissemination of a Culturally Targeted Brochure to Promote Awareness of Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer among Black Women



Tracking the Dissemination of a Culturally Targeted Brochure to Promote Awareness of Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer among Black Women

Highlights

  • Awareness of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC) among Black women was low.
  • Examined passive dissemination of a culturally appropriate brochure about HBOC.
  • Utilized diffusion of innovations to track dissemination over five years.
  • Provided example of effective passive dissemination efforts among Black women.

Objective

Black women have a higher rate of BRCA1 and BRCA2 (BRCA) mutations, compared with other populations, that increases their risk for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC). However, Black women are less likely to know about HBOC and genetic testing. Based on a request from a community advisory panel of breast cancer survivors, community leaders and healthcare providers in the Black community, our team developed a culturally targeted educational brochure to promote awareness of HBOC among Black women.

Methods

To reach the target population we utilized a passive dissemination strategy. Using Diffusion of Innovations (DOI) as a framework, we traced dissemination of the brochure over a five year period using self-addressed postcards contained inside the brochure that included several open-ended questions about the utility of the brochure and a field for written comments. Closed-ended responses were analyzed using descriptive statistics and thematic analysis was conducted on the open-ended responses.

Results

DOI captured the proliferation of the brochure among Black women across the US.

Practice Implications

The use of passive dissemination strategies among pre-existing social networks proved to be a useful and sustainable method for increasing knowledge of HBOC among Black women.

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