Promoting Mammography with African-American Women in the Emergency Department Using Lay Health Workers

Jennifer Hatcher, Nancy E. Schoenberg, Mark Dignan, Mary Kay Rayens

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Abstract

The objective of this study was to test the efficacy of a pilot intervention to increase mammography utilization among African-American women recruited from those waiting in the emergency department (ED)for non-urgent complaints. In a 3-armed pilot of a randomized controlled trial we compared the effects of a brief motivational interview delivered by a lay health worker with those of a culturally targeted brochure and a usual care control group. The results showed that one quarter (23%) of the sample reported having never had a mammogram prior to the study. There was no group difference by mammography status at the 3-month interview. More than one quarter of those retained in the study indicated they had received a mammogram during the study (27.4%). The conclusions from the study were that lay health workers are a valuable asset and may be used in innovative settings such as the ED to increase screening among vulnerable populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)38-44
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of National Black Nurses' Association : JNBNA
Volume27
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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