A Cross-Sectional Study to Assess the Effectiveness of a Health Educational Programme on Knowledge Regarding Prevention of Cervical Cancer Among Young Adult Female Students of Bhopal.

  • Shailendra Kumar Patne Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India.
  • Rashmi Pilkhwal Postgraduate Student, Department of Community Medicine, Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India.
  • Anshita Rathore Undergraduate Student, Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India.
  • Shrikant Sonraya Post Graduate Medical Officer, Department of Public Health & Medical Education.
Keywords: Cervical Cancer, Awareness, Vaccination, Educational Programme


Introduction: Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women and causes significant morbidity and mortality. In India, cervical cancer contributes to approximately 6–29% of all cancers. Objectives: To determine the awareness of young adult female students regarding cervical cancer, its risk factors, screening method and prevention and to assess the association between old and new knowledge by pre- and post-test scores. Material & Methods: This is a descriptive cross-sectional study of young adult female college students pursuing graduation in Commerce, Science and Medical disciplines in the city of Bhopal. A sample size of 387 was calculated using Cochran’s formula. A pre-validated, pre-tested, close- ended multiple-choice questionnaire on socio-demographic information and various domains of cervical cancer awareness including risk factors and symptoms (domain I), screening and diagnostic (domain II) and vaccination (domain III) was filled via digital mode. Data were collected before and after a lecture demonstration, ensuring comprehensive analysis.   Results: The effectiveness of the educational programme on all the components of all three domains were found positive and some of them were found to be statistically significant too.   Conclusion: The awareness of young adult female students regarding cervical cancer and its risk factors, screening method, and prevention were fair, poor, and poor respectively. After the lecture demonstration, the awareness became good, fair and fair respectively. Nearly half of the study participants were willing to adopt screening programmes and vaccination. Teachers can be the best resource in the dissemination of knowledge in schools and colleges and can play a very important role in increasing the awareness of the youth regarding cervical cancer.   How to cite this article:
Patne S K, Pilkhwal R, Rathore A, Sonraya S. A
Cross-Sectional Study to Assess the Effectiveness
of a Health Educational Programme on
Knowledge Regarding Prevention of Cervical
Cancer Among Young Adult Female Students
of Bhopal. Int J Preven Curat Comm Med.
2023;9(3):1-7.   DOI:https://doi.org/10.24321/2454.325X.202306


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