OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY: 1. To assess the
OBJECTIVES OF THE
assess the awareness and practice of Breast Self Examination among pregnant women
residing in an urban and rural areas of Bangalore.
To determine the socio demographic factors affecting
the awareness and practice towards Breast Self Examinations in pregnant women.
women attending the OBG OPDs at M.S Ramaiah hospitals
Rural Field practice area of Ramaiah Medical College.
1.All pregnant women attending the
OBG OPDs at Ramaiah hospitals and the rural centres attached to the Community Medicine
department of Ramaiah Medical College who give consent to participate.
Pregnant women who have already been diagnosed with
STUDY DURATION: 2 months
STUDY DESIGN: Cross sectional study
SAMPLE SIZE- 97 in each
Based on the literature review, in a previous study
conducted by Anantha Lakshmi Satyavathi Devi Kommula, Surendranath Borra and
Vani Madhavi Kommula; it was found that 16.5% of the women were aware of BSE 5.
In the present study expecting a difference of 20% in the knowledge level
regarding Breast Self Examination between rural and urban pregnant women;
considering power of 80% and confidence level of 95%, the sample size worked
out to be minimum of 97 pregnant women in each group.
Qualitative variables like socio-demographic
characteristics of the participants and practice regarding BSE will be presented
using frequency and percentages. Quantitative variables like awareness scores
will be analysed and presented using descriptive statistics like mean and SD.
The knowledge scores of urban and rural women will be computed and tested for
statistical significance difference using Mann Whitney U test. Chi Square test
will be used to find the association between knowledge level and select socio
demographic factors. SPSS version 17 will be used for statistical analysis.
STUDY DURATION: 2 months
STUDY DESIGN: Cross sectional
The study subjects will be recruited from the OBG OPDs
at Ramaiah hospitals and its attached rural centres. The study questionnaire is
translated into the local language and the subject is requested to fill it. If
the subject is not literate, the investigator will ask the questions orally and
fill the questionnaire for the subject. Subjects are requested to assemble
individually or in groups at a convenient common point where health education
about Breast Self Examination BSE, its advantages will be explained by the
investigator through pictorial references. This will be followed by an
interactive session where their doubts on BSE will be clarified. If they are
already aware of BSE, a demonstration is asked of the subject, where they are
corrected if needed, while those unaware are taught the complete process. The
sessions are expected to last for a period of approximately 15-20 minutes.
OF THE STUDY:
Literature review suggests that pregnant women in whom
diagnosis was delayed or treatment deferred have a lower survival rate. BSE
involves palpation and visualization of the breast by oneself for texture, size,
lumps, shape and contour. The purpose of BSE is to learn the topography of one’s
breasts, know how their normal breasts feel and be able to identify changes in
them should they occur in the future 6. It is cost effective and
more readily available than any other method of early detection of breast
cancer in our environment 7.