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Improving the breast cancer screening experience for women with physical disabilities

Nursing Research at Mount Sinai
  
Authors

M. Beduz, L. Muraca, N. Barry, F. Odette, S. Chandani, J. Angus, L. McDonald

 
Project Title

Improving the breast cancer screening experience for women with physical disabilities: An educational intervention with health-care providers
 

Source of Funding

Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Ontario Region Community-Based Research Grant -$ 299,950. 2009 – 2012.
  

Description

This project builds on the results from The Gateways Project - a community-based participatory action research project which was completed in 2008. Five focus groups were carried out across the GTA and were facilitated by women who were also wheelchair users. We created a space where participants, who identified themselves as living with a mobility disability, frankly and openly shared their experiences with cancer screening and made recommendations to improve their access to preventative care. These recommendations included Disability Training for Health Care Professionals and clinical staff at all levels on appropriate and clear communication, compassionate behaviour, and care that include more options and less coordinating work for patients.

This new project Improving the Breast Cancer Screening Experience for Women with Physical Disabilities…  will develop, implement and evaluate an innovative educational strategy aimed at increasing healthcare professional competencies in working with women with mobility disabilities in accessing breast cancer screening. The outcome of this project will be a unique creative resource that could be used in healthcare settings across the city and eventually the province. This resource could improve access, screening and early detection of women with disabilities. 
 

Contact Information

Linda Muraca
Nurse Clinician
416-586-4800 Ext. 5190
lmuraca@mtsinai.on.ca