Feasibility of a community-based cancer awareness initiative: views of those delivering and managing the intervention

Julia Mueller, Emily Parry-Harries, Gary Clough, Arpana Verma

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Aim: Many people delay presenting to health services with cancer symptoms due to lack of awareness, particularly in areas of high socio-economic deprivation. A three-year community-based intervention was launched in Northwest England to improve public awareness of cancer symptoms. In this study, we aimed to evaluate this intervention by exploring the views of those involved in its management and delivery. Methods: Ten semi-structured interviews were conducted with volunteers as well as members of the project management and steering group. Interviews were analysed qualitatively using thematic analysis. Results: Participants felt they succeeded in raising awareness, influencing behaviour, connecting with local communities and engaging with vulnerable people. Participants perceived some weaknesses in the delivery of the intervention, including limited engagement of stakeholders, particularly general practitioners (GPs), and socially excluded groups. Conclusions: Future public health interventions should pay particular attention to engagement of socially excluded individuals who do not interact with community events or groups, and to the engagement of stakeholders in early planning stages of the intervention. This should involve a specific GP engagement plan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)765-771
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Public Health
Issue number5
Early online date21 May 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2023


  • Cancer
  • Community-based
  • Health promotion
  • Public health
  • Qualitative research


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