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A qualitative exploration of women's perspectives and acceptability of including new cancer awareness information in all?clear breast or cervical screening results

Bamidele, Olufikayo O.; Green, Trish; Tookey, Sara; Walabyeki, Julie; Macleod, Una

Authors

Trish Green

Sara Tookey



Abstract

Objective: This study explored women's perspectives on the acceptability of including new cancer information with an all-clear breast or cervical screening result letter (using ovarian cancer as a case study). Methods: In 2016, six focus group discussions were conducted with women aged 25–70 years old, eligible for invitation to the NHS breast or cervical screening programme and resident in England. The focus groups lasted 60–90 min and were held in community venues. Data were analysed using thematic analysis. Results: Thirty-eight women aged 25–67 years old participated in the focus groups. Data analysis yielded six descriptive themes: general cancer awareness, taking advantage of a ‘teachable moment’, a double-edge sword, barriers to accepting and using new cancer information, motivators for accepting and using new cancer information and wider strategies to increase cancer awareness in women. Women welcomed the inclusion of new cancer information in all-clear screening results but highlighted pertinent lessons to be considered to maximise the usefulness of the approach. Conclusion: While women perceived this approach as acceptable, it is pertinent to note the potential of the new cancer information to stimulate anxiety and potentially widen inequalities by excluding non-attenders at screening programmes. Specific complementary and tailored approaches are necessary to mitigate these limitations.

Citation

Bamidele, O. O., Green, T., Tookey, S., Walabyeki, J., & Macleod, U. (2022). A qualitative exploration of women's perspectives and acceptability of including new cancer awareness information in all?clear breast or cervical screening results. European Journal of Cancer Care, https://doi.org/10.1111/ecc.13574

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 2, 2022
Online Publication Date Mar 15, 2022
Publication Date Mar 15, 2022
Deposit Date Mar 17, 2022
Publicly Available Date Oct 27, 2022
Journal European Journal of Cancer Care
Print ISSN 0961-5423
Electronic ISSN 1365-2354
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/ecc.13574
Keywords Cancer screening; Qualitative study; Theoretical framework of acceptability; Teachable moment; Women
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/3950411

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© 2022 The Authors. European Journal of Cancer Car epublished by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.



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