One type of lay health advisor model assumes that an effective mechanism for reaching the underserved is through informal advice-givers called natural helpers.
Despite the growing use of this approach, few programs have defined what an active lay health advisor does within the natural helping process.
To explore perceptions and definitions of lay health advisors'activity, we conducted semistructured, in-person interviews with four field staff who coordinate the advisors'activities in a breast cancer screening program.
These staff viewed lay health advisor activity as fluctuating over the course of a year, occurring along a continuum of participation (inactive, moderately active, active, and superactive), and reflecting varying degrees of proactivity and participation in multiple activities.
These results suggest an empirical process for refining the definition of an active lay health advisor, improving advisors'productivity in achieving outreach objectives, and managing and monitoring their ongoing activities.
Mots-clés Pascal : Education santé, Santé communautaire, Programme sanitaire, Dépistage, Tumeur maligne, Glande mammaire, Analyse qualitative, Homme, Entretien, Glande mammaire pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Health education, Community health, Sanitary program, Medical screening, Malignant tumor, Mammary gland, Qualitative analysis, Human, Interview, Mammary gland diseases
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0414394
Code Inist : 002B30A11. Création : 22/03/2000.