Breast cancer education for navajo women: A pilot study evaluating a culturally relevant video

Priscilla R. Sanderson, Nicolette I. Teufel-Shone, Julie A. Baldwin, Nellie Sandoval, Frances Robinson

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This pilot study evaluated a culturally specific video designed to teach Navajo women about breast cancer treatment options. Fourteen Navajo women diagnosed with breast cancer and 26 healthcare providers participated in a mixed-method evaluation that documented their perceptions immediately and 6 months after viewing the video. After initial viewing, women reported reduced anxiety about treatment and interest in support groups. Six months later, women said the video prompted them to seek more information from printed sources and their provider. Younger Navajo women who were 44 to 51 years old were more likely to attend support groups than women who were 55- 67 years. Providers corroborated the positive effects of the video. The providers believed the video encouraged patients to seek information about breast cancer and to ask questions about treatment plans and side effects. A culturally relevant video for Navajo women can be an effective teaching tool and can enhance patient-provider communication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-223
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2010


  • American Indian
  • Breast cancer
  • Culturally relevant video
  • Navajo

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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