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Cancer screening barriers for community-based older Hispanics and Caucasians

TitleCancer screening barriers for community-based older Hispanics and Caucasians
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsMaramaldi, P, Cadet, TJ, Menon, U
JournalJ Gerontol Soc WorkJ Gerontol Soc Work
Volume55
Pagination537-59
ISBN Number1540-4048 (Electronic)<br/>0163-4372 (Linking)
Accession Number22852995
KeywordsAged, Communication Barriers, Community Networks, Cross-Cultural Comparison, Cultural Competency/ psychology, Early Detection of Cancer/ psychology, European Continental Ancestry Group/psychology, Female, Focus Groups, Health Services Accessibility/ organization & administration, Health Services for the Aged, Hispanic Americans/psychology, Humans, Male, Minority Health, Patient Compliance/ethnology/psychology, Patient Participation/psychology, United States/ethnology
AbstractDespite advances in screening and early detection, ethnic minority populations, ages 65 and older, are less likely than Caucasians to participate in cancer screening services. Empirical research indicates that older ethnic minorities have cultural values that influence their behaviors. Addressing culturally relevant communication to better understand those values may increase participation in cancer screening. The study reported is a secondary analysis of qualitative data gathered from focus groups. Utilizing an interdisciplinary analytical lens, we compared older Hispanic and Caucasian's cultural values and their screening behaviors. Suggested psychosocial interventions are discussed to assist providers in their ongoing efforts to promote cancer screening.