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Am J Public Health. 2000 Sep;90(9):1468-71.

Maintaining mammography adherence through telephone counseling in a church-based trial.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles. naihua@mednet.ucla.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study assessed the effectiveness of telephone counseling in a church-based mammography promotion intervention trial.

METHODS:

Thirty churches were randomized to telephone counseling and control conditions; telephone interview data were used in assessing intervention effects on mammography adherence. Separate analyses were conducted for baseline-adherent participants (maintaining adherence) and baseline-nonadherent participants (conversion to adherence).

RESULTS:

Year 1 follow-up data indicated that the telephone counseling intervention maintained mammography adherence among baseline-adherent participants and reduced the nonadherence rate from 23% to 16%.

CONCLUSIONS:

Partnerships between the public health and faith communities are potentially effective conduits to promote maintenance of widely endorsed health behaviors such as regular cancer screening.

PMID:
10983211
PMCID:
PMC1447636
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