A Short Duration Pilot Cohort Study to Assess the Level of Compliance in Undertaking Breast Self Examination (BSE) Among Women Attending Preventive Oncology Clinic
This is an observational cohort study about BSE among women attending the Preventive
Oncology (PO) Clinic, TMH. All women attending for screening of common cancers at the
Preventive Oncology OPD at TMH are demonstrated the technique of BSE and advised on when,
how and why to perform BSE.
Women attending the PO clinic and who have mentioned their residential address as Mumbai and
provided contact number will be invited to participate in the study. They will be explained
the study protocol and those who are interested in participating will be offered informed
consent forms. The women who sign the informed consent form will be enrolled into the trial.
The data regarding the socio-demographic details and level of knowledge, attitude and
practice (KAP) about breast cancer and BSE will be collected from the participating women.
They will be asked if they have any doubts regarding the technique of BSE and their
willingness to perform BSE. Thereafter, a follow-up period of 3 months, the women will be
contacted telephonically to collect the data to assess the level of compliance to BSE and
the reasons for non-compliance, if any. Also, the compliant women will be asked if they have
observed any abnormal changes in their breasts and have they visited the clinician for the
same. And subsequently, their health care seeking behaviour will be studied.
The data collected before and after the follow-up will be entered in the SPSS software and
analyzed using simple statistical tests like mean, chi-square, t-test and univariate and
Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Prospective
Compliance to Breast Self Examination
To assess the level of compliance in undertaking Breast Self Examination among women attending Preventive Oncology Clinic.
Ketaki G Karnik, MSc
University of Pune
India: Institutional Review Board