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Awareness and Beliefs About Cancer (ABACus)

  • Research type

    Research Study

  • Full title

    Development and pilot evaluation of the Tenovus health check: a targeted cancer awareness intervention for people from deprived communities



  • Contact name

    Kate Brain

  • Contact email

  • Sponsor organisation

    Cardiff University

  • Research summary

    A health check which aims to promote cancer awareness and help-seeking has been created by the cancer charity Tenovus. It is a touchscreen questionnaire that was designed for use in poorer Welsh communities. The health check has already been used by many people across Wales, but it has not yet been tested. With the help of people from Welsh communities, this research will develop and test the health check in two phases (PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE CURRENTLY SEEKING ETHICS/R&D APPROVALS FOR PHASE 1 ONLY).

    Phase 1 focus groups will be held with members of the public, community leaders and health professionals from Communities First areas of Wales. They will discuss format, strengths, weaknesses and how best to deliver the health check. Any changes to improve the health check can then be made. The health check will then be field tested by observing members of the public using the health check in different settings such as GP surgeries, pharmacies, and community centres.

    In Phase 2, the health check will be tested in a study involving 95 people completing the health check in different community settings, as recommended by the Phase 1 development work. Questions about cancer awareness and behaviour will be asked before people complete the health check, and again one month later to see if using the health check has changed what people know and do about possible cancer symptoms. WE WILL SEE ETHICS/R&D APPROVALS FOR PHASE 2 IN A SEPARATE APPLICATION.

  • REC name

    North West - Haydock Research Ethics Committee

  • REC reference


  • Date of REC Opinion

    10 Jul 2014

  • REC opinion

    Favourable Opinion