Title

Receipt of a False Positive Test Result During Routine Screening for Ovarian Cancer: A Teachable Moment?

Abstract

The term "teachable moment" (TM) has been used to describe a life transition or event which motivates an individual to change a behavior or presents an opportunity to intervene to prompt behavior change. We examined whether receipt of a false positive ovarian cancer (OC) screening result may represent a TM. 403 women participating in an OC screening program completed questionnaires assessing demographic, clinical, behavioral, and psychosocial information. The TM was operationalized as expressed interest in receiving health-related information. We hypothesized that among women receiving a false positive screening test result, those women who had experienced greater personal perceived risk for OC as well as distress would be more interested in receiving health-related information than women receiving a normal result. Analyses revealed that women receiving a false positive screening result were less interested in receiving health-related information than women receiving a normal screening result. For women receiving a false positive result, expressed interest in receipt of health-related information was only modestly related to distress and related even less to perceptions of OC risk. Our data do not support viewing a false positive OC screening result as a TM. Potential explanations for the current findings as well as recommendations for future research investigating the TM are discussed.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-2011

Notes/Citation Information

Published in Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, v. 18, issue 1, p. 70-77.

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

http://dx.doi.org/10.1007%2Fs10880-011-9226-7