Knowledge, attitude and behavior of healthcare providers towards breast cancer in Malaysia: a systematic review

Eman Azeem, Syed Wasif Gillani, Ammar Ahmed Siddiqui, Haifa A Al Shammary, Vinci Poh, Syed Azhar Syed Sulaiman, Mirza R Baig

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Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in Malaysia. Therefore, it is highly important for the public to be educated on breast cancer and to know the steps to detect it early on. Healthcare providers are in the prime position to provide such education to the public due to their high knowledge regarding health and their roles in healthcare. The present systematic review involved studies conducted in recent years to analyze the knowledge, attitudes and behavior of Malaysian healthcare providers regarding breast cancer, in attempts to obtain an overall picture of how well equipped our healthcare providers are to provide optimal breast cancer education, and to see their perceptions and actual involvement in said education. The systematic review was conducted via a primary search of various databases and journal websites, and a secondary search of references used by eligible studies. Criteria for eligibility included being published from the year 2008 till present, being conducted in Malaysia, and being written in the English language. A total of two studies were eligible for this review. Findings show that Malaysian future and current healthcare providers have moderate knowledge on breast cancer, have a positive towards involvement of breast cancer education, but have poor actual involvement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5233-5235
Number of pages3
JournalAsian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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