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Participación en cribados mamográficos y creencias de salud: una perspectiva de proceso

Psicooncología, 2007 12/2007; 4(2).
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Objetivo: Analizar las creencias y actitudes ante el cáncer de mama y la mamografía utilizando las variables sociocognitivas postuladas por el Modelo de Creencias de Salud asociadas a diferentes estadíos de adopción de la conducta mamográfica.
Método: Se comparan diversos grupos de mujeres establecidos en función de su nivel de adopción de la conducta mamográfica. La muestra ha estado formada por 127 mujeres invitadas a participar en el Programa de Detección Precoz del Cáncer de Mama de la Generalitat Valenciana. Se evaluaron dos tipos de variables: (i) sociocognitivas: gravedad percibida del cáncer de mama, vulnerabilidad percibida al cáncer de mama, motivación general para la salud, beneficios y barreras percibidas de la mamografía, e información sobre el cáncer de mama y sus técnicas de detección precoz. y (ii) estadío de adopción de la conducta mamográfica: precontemplación, contemplación, acción, acción-mantenimiento y recaída.
Resultados: Todas las variables sociocognitivas evaluadas establecen diferencias estadís¬ticamente significativas. Algunas (información, beneficios y barreras) diferencian entre estadíos de adopción, mientras que otras lo hacen en función de si la conducta mamográfica se realiza, con la periodicidad recomendada, dentro de un programa de detección precoz o de forma voluntaria por parte de la mujer (gravedad, vulnerabilidad y motivación).
Conclusiones: Los resultados de este estudio confirman que las variables socio cognitivas postuladas por el Modelo de Creencias de Salud pueden predecir el movimiento progresivo hacia estadíos más comprometidos con la conducta mamográfica. Estos resultados contribuyen a orientar las campañas dirigidas a incrementar la participación de las mujeres en programas de cribado mamográfico. Objective: To analyze the beliefs and attitudes towards breast cancer and mammography using the sociocognitive variables postulated by the Health Beliefs Model associated with different stages of mammography adoption.
Methods: A cross-sectional design was used. The sample consisted of Spanish women (N= 127) invited to participate in the Breast Cancer Detection Programme of the Valencian Regional Government (Spain). Two types of variables were assessed: (i) Socio-cognitive: perceived severity of breast cancer, perceived susceptibility to breast cancer, general health motivation, benefits and barriers perceived to mammography, and the degree of information about breast cancer and screening techniques. and (ii) Stage of mammography adoption: Precontemplation, Contemplation, Action, Action-Maintenance and Relapse.
Results: All sociocognitive variables showed significant statistic differences. Some of them (information, benefits, and barriers) showed differences between stages of adoption, while others (severity, susceptibility, and motivation) discriminated between women in Action-maintenance stage participating in a breast cancer screening programme, and women in the same stage, adopting the mammography behaviour on their own. Conclusions. Our findings show that the sociocognitive variables of Health Beliefs Model are associated with the progressive movement towards more developed stages of mammography adoption. The results of this research may improve public campaings addressed to increase women participation in breast cancer mammography screening programmes.

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