Qualitative Evaluation of a Colorectal Cancer Education CD-ROM for Community Health Aides/Practitioners in Alaska

Melany Cueva, Mark Dignan, Anne Lanier, Regina Kuhnley

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Colorectal cancer (CRC) is an important contributor to the cancer burden among Alaska Native people. CRC is the leading incident cancer and the second leading cause of cancer mortality among Alaska Native people. Completing recommended CRC screening procedures has the potential to reduce both CRC incidence and mortality. “Taking Action Colorectal Health,” a multidimensional audiovisual, interactive CD-ROM, incorporates adult education learning principles to provide Alaska's Community Health Aides/Practitioners with timely, medically accurate, and culturally relevant CRC place-based education. Providing this resource on CD-ROM empowers learning within communities and places where people live or choose to learn. The dynamic process of developing, implementing, and evaluating this CRC CD-ROM was informed by a sociocultural approach to share health messages. Within this approach, cultural values, beliefs, and behaviors are affirmed as a place of wisdom and resilience and built upon to provide context and meaning for health messaging. Alaska Native values that honor family, relationships, the land, storytelling, and humor were included in CD-ROM content. Between January and May 2012, 20 interviews were conducted with individuals who had used the CD-ROM. Four categorical themes emerged from analysis of interview transcripts: likeability, utilization, helpfulness, and behavior change. As a result of self-paced learning through stories, movies, and interactive games, respondents reported healthy behavior changes they were making for themselves, with their families and in their patient care practices. This CD-ROM is a culturally based practical course that increased knowledge and activities around colorectal cancer screening by Community Health Aides/Practitioners in Alaska.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)613-618
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2014

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© 2013, Springer Science+Business Media New York.


  • Adult learning
  • Alaska Native and American Indian
  • CD-ROM
  • Cancer education
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Community Health Workers
  • Distance education
  • Health communication
  • Qualitative evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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