Comparison of the level of knowledge on, attitude towards, and skills of medical and nursing students between pre- and post- training of the breast self-examination in Oman

Rajani Ranganath, John Muthusami, Miriam Simon, Tatiyana Mandal, Meena Anand Kukkamulla

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Abstract

PURPOSE: Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in women worldwide. Educative and awareness programs do impact early practices of breast self- examination resulting in early detection of cancer and thereby decreasing mortality. The study aimed to assess the level of knowledge and awareness of breast cancer and breast self- examination among medical and nursing students in Oman and to compare the knowledge on, attitude towards, and skills of students after the training program. METHODS: This is a quasi-experimental study that was carried out for medical students from in the College of Medicine and Health Sciences, National University of Science & Technology, Oman and nursing students in the Oman College of Health Sciences and the Al Bathina Nursing institute in November 2019. The pre-test questionnaire was given before the training program and a post-test questionnaire was administered after the training program. Knowledge on, attitude towards, and skills of students on breast cancer and breast self-examination were compared. RESULTS: Pre-test and post-test were collected from 170 students -90 students from medical, and 80 students from nursing schools. A significant improvement was observed in the post-test scores for knowledge on, attitude towards, and skills of students after the intervention (P < 0.001). CONCLUSION: An educational training program on breast cancer and breast examination with emphasis on skills can motivate the participants to perform breast self- examination regularly. Therefore, it may help students to train target women for the early detection of breast cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of educational evaluation for health professions
Volume17
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Health Professions(all)

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