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Participants sought for breast cancer research study

SHARE (Survivors Health and Rural Experience) is a research study conducted by Dr. Leli Pedro through the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus College of Nursing. The National Institute of Nursing Research at the National Institutes of Health funded this three-year study focusing on the quality of life of women who are breast cancer survivors living in rural Colorado.

The SHARE study has two parts: 1) small groups of breast cancer survivors talking about their experiences; and 2) individual healthcare professionals, volunteers and community leaders who provide care to breast cancer survivors talking about their experiences. By listening to the stories from both groups of people, the SHARE study will contribute to a better understanding of how living in a rural environment impacts the lives of breast cancer survivors and the people who care for them.

The study is looking for women who have survived breast cancer to participate in a small group interview. Volunteers need to be at least five years past their first diagnosis of breast cancer, live in a rural Colorado county with a population of less than 20,000, and be willing to share their story. The group will consist of six to eight women of all ages and backgrounds.

The study is also looking for healthcare professionals, volunteers or community leaders who work with these women who have survived breast cancer. The individual interviews for this part of the study will be aimed at hearing about the experiences and challenges of providing care to breast cancer survivors in the rural setting. We invite anyone who is involved in providing care to these women to participate in the SHARE study.

If you are interested in participating in the SHARE study, contact Leli Pedro, RN, DNSc, OCN, CNE, principal investigator at Leli.Pedro@ucdenver.edu or (303) 724-852. Protocol Number: 10-0024.

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