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Breast Cancer Knowledge among Women with Intellectual Disabilities

Taggart, Laurence, Truesdale-Kennedy, Maria and McIlfatrick, Sonja (2010) Breast Cancer Knowledge among Women with Intellectual Disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 23 (5). p. 467. [Journal article]

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URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1468-3148.2010.00587.x/abstract

DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-3148.2010.00587.x

Abstract

Aim: To ascertain knowledge of breast cancer among women with ID and explore their experiences of breast mammography. Method: A qualitative approach using four focus groups with women with ID was employed and a semi-structured interview schedule aided the process. Results: Knowledge of associated risks, preventative factors and signs and symptoms of breast cancer were extremely limited with their sources of knowledge primarily coming from carers. Positive attitudes towards mammography were reported. However, these women also described feelings of fear and anxiety, attributed to a lack of under- standing about the screening process. A lack of information and embarrassment were identified as the main barriers to screening. Ongoing support from carers and accessible information were considered to be the main solutions for encouraging attendance for breast mammography. Conclusion: This study highlights the need for health promotion and education for women with ID, their family and carers in order to enhance the knowledge and awareness of breast cancer and screening. This will aid not only in reducing the adverse affects of breast mammography but will ensure that informed decisions about breast screening are made. More accessible multi-format information for women with ID is essential in order to facilitate health promotion and education.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Managing Chronic Illness Research Centre
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
ID Code:30101
Deposited By: Dr Laurence Taggart
Deposited On:10 Sep 2014 12:00
Last Modified:10 Sep 2014 12:00

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