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J Cancer Educ. 1990;5(4):217-23.

Development of a direct education workshop for cervical cancer prevention in high risk women: the Forsyth County project.

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Department of Family and Community Medicine, Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.


With funding from the National Cancer Institute, a public health education program was developed with the primary objective of increasing the proportion of black women in Forsyth County, North Carolina, who receive Pap smears on a regular basis. This paper reports on the development and implementation of the direct education component of the program. The content of the workshop was based on community analysis of current knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors in the target population, and a review of relevant literature on cervical cancer and the Pap smear. Methods for presentation of the content were refined through three pilot tests. Audiovisual materials were also developed to illustrate key points. The direct education component of the program was designed to function as a short workshop and includes an overview of healthy lifestyles, coverage of the importance of early detection of cancer, a description and discussion of the pelvic exam and the Pap smear, and a discussion of common barriers to obtaining Pap smears on a regular basis. Evaluation of the workshop emphasizes process measures, including a questionnaire to collect demographic information and impressions of the presentation. Interim results of the evaluation are discussed.

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