Assessment of Midwifery Student Preparation for Performing the Role of Breast Cancer Educator

  • Bien, Agnieszka Maria (Independent Obstetric Skills Unit, Department of Nursing and Health Sciences, Medical University of Lublin) ;
  • Korzynska-Pietas, Magdalena (Independent Obstetric Skills Unit, Department of Nursing and Health Sciences, Medical University of Lublin) ;
  • Iwanowicz-Palus, Grazyna Jolanta (Independent Obstetric Skills Unit, Department of Nursing and Health Sciences, Medical University of Lublin)
  • Published : 2014.07.30


Purpose: Our research project aimed at presenting midwifery student self-assessment of performing the role of breast cancer prevention educator. Materials and Methods: Investigations were carried out in 2011 at the Medical University of Lublin in Poland, and Katolieke Hogeschool of Kortrijk in Belgium, after obtaining approval of the ethical committee of Polish Midwives Association (III/EC/2011/PMA). The project involved a total of 155 midwifery students, made up of 95 from Poland, and 60 from Belgium. Relations between opposing characteristics were tested with Chi-square ($x^2$) test for independent traits. To assess the dependence relation between the examined variables Pearson's corrected coefficient was used. Data base and statistics were carried out with computer software STATISTICA 9.0 (StatSoftPoland). Conclusions: Student knowledge on prevention against breast cancer was unsatisfactory. The students place of residence determined their self-estimation of personal knowledge of breast cancer prevention and diagnosing methods to assess the incidence of the disease, this knowledge being better with the students of Lublin. Better self-estimation in the students of Lublin of their personal knowledge on factors rising the risk of breast cancer, such as alimentation method, application of oral contraceptives and breast feeding was found than in Belgian students.


Education;breast cancer prevention;midwifery students;Poland;Belgium


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