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Fifty-eight women recruited from a community health center completed either a brief interactive multimedia training program on breast self-examination using a breast model and computer guided feedback on accuracy of lump detection or read a National Cancer Institute pamphlet on breast self-examination and breast lumps. Women using the computer program as compared to the pamphlet group reported a higher sense of self-efficacy for being able to perform a breast self- examination immediately after their educational session and 1 month later. However, the increase in self-efficacy for the computer group diminished over 4 weeks, underscoring the importance of an environment that reminds and reinforces learning for women about the performance of regular breast self-examination. The increase in sense of self-efficacy to perform breast self-examination with roughly 20 minutes of computer-based training and the partial maintenance of that self-efficacy 30 days later suggests the utility of incorporating short, focused interventions in busy primary healthcare settings.
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