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  1. An, Jinghua MSN, RN
  2. Vincent, Catherine PhD, RN


The theory of planned behavior (TPB) has been widely used to guide research in cancer screening-related behavior, but no critique of the TPB's application in this domain has been published. We used Fawcett and DeSanto-Madeya's 2013 framework to analyze and evaluate the theory. The theory was developed on the basis of antecedent knowledge regarding human behavior, and its concepts and propositions are comprehensively delineated. The TPB shows adequate internal consistency and impressive social and theoretical significance. Methodologically sound studies are called for to further test some theory propositions and to evaluate its pragmatic adequacy for promoting cancer screening in nursing practice.