Navigation Links
Researchers find that sociodemographic characteristics are related to a patient's willingness to participate in cancer screenings
Date:3/1/2010

(Boston)- Boston University School of Medicine's (BUSM) researchers have found that sociodemographic characteristics are related to a patients' willingness to participate in cancer screenings. They found this was more important than both attitudinal barriers and medical facilitors. This study appears in the March issue of the Journal of the National Medical Association.

Prior studies have shown that screenings are crucial in identifying cancer in its early stages and minorities have lower screening rates for certain types of cancer, such as cervical and colorectal cancer. Researchers at BUSM were seeking to find out why the screening rates among racial and ethnic minorities vary compared to those of the white, non-Hispanic community.

Researchers examined patients' agreeability to engage in cancer screening, in the context of varied symptoms and screening settings among a diverse group of individuals from multiple geographic areas. The study assessed the influences of race and ethnicity, relative to sociodemographic factors of both positive and negative attitudes and beliefs concerning cancer screening, as well as the willingness to utilize screenings in general.

A random sample was conducted using telephone interviews from three cities: San Juan, Puerto Rico, Baltimore and New York City. Respondents reported their sociodemographic characteristics and attitudes about barriers and facilitators of cancer screenings. These individuals also reported their amenability to have cancer screening within four scenarios: when done in the community as opposed to one's doctors' office and whether or not they had symptoms.

Less-educated individuals with lower incomes received fewer cancer screenings than those with higher levels of each. These rates may lead to disparities in cancer-related mortality. Racial and ethnic minority status, age and lower income were frequently associated with willingness to receiving a cancer screening. Prior findings suggest that negative attitudes towards screenings include fear of pain or diagnosis, disbelief in the efficiency of the tests or generalized distrust of others were most predominant among racial and ethnic minorities, and accounts for their lower rates of cancer screening.

The researchers also found that individuals were most willing to participate in a screening when they were examined by their personal doctor and had symptoms of cancer. Cancer screening campaigns should affect attitudinal changes whenever possible, and recognize that targeting specific population groups may be necessary.

"It is important to identify barriers for specific subsets of the population for different types of cancer screenings," explained lead author Nancy Kressin, PhD, director of the Healthcare Disparities Research Unit and associate professor, in the section of General Internal Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. "There is value in understanding general attitudes of patients concerning cancer screenings in general, in order to highlight common barriers for future interventions. With this research, measures will be taken to educate this vulnerable population, allowing us to treat cancer in its early stages when the disease is more amenable to treatment or cure," said Kressin.


'/>"/>

Contact: Gina DiGravio
gina.digravio@bmc.org
617-638-8480
Boston University Medical Center
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Stanford researchers find culprit in aging muscles that heal poorly
2. UCLA researchers identify markers that may predict diabetes in still-healthy people
3. Mayo Clinic researchers discover new diagnostic test for detecting infection in prosthetic joints
4. Bipolar disorder relapses halved by Melbourne researchers
5. Cell that triggers symptoms in allergy attacks can also limit damage, Stanford researchers find
6. High and mighty: first common height gene identified by researchers behind obesity gene finding
7. Researchers estimate about 9 percent of US children age 8 to 15 meet criteria for having ADHD
8. Majority of 2.4 Million U.S. Children With ADHD Not Diagnosed or Consistently Treated, According to New Gold Standard Study by Cincinnati Childrens Researchers
9. Researchers develop long-lasting growth hormone
10. Jefferson immunology researchers halt lethal rabies infection in brain
11. Purdue researchers develop technology to detect cancer by scanning surface veins
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/19/2017)... ... 19, 2017 , ... Connecticut Dermatology Group (CDG) is proud and excited to ... dermatologist. Dr. Kim brings an extensive background in cutting-edge dermatology care and research ... to welcome back Dr. Kim to the CDG team” said President and Managing Partner ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... , ... January 19, 2017 , ... Infinity® Massage Chairs ... plan and implement new sales and marketing strategies. Grover comes with a total of ... 5 and a half years as Executive Vice President of Direct Sales at Traeger® ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... ... January 18, 2017 , ... A recent video posting of a ... about the benefits of fidgeting to relieve stress and anxiety. No one was ... Think Ink Pen had just completed a successful Kickstarter campaign raising $67,000 on the ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... ... January 18, 2017 , ... The VA Maryland Health ... on a research project focused on multiple sclerosis (MS). Led by Christopher M. ... to control the disease without compromising normal immune function that often occurs during ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... FL (PRWEB) , ... January 18, 2017 , ... A ... fund raiser for Smile Train, an international charity that provides free surgery to poor ... of mine and in the past I have run to support the efforts of ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/19/2017)... , Jan. 18, 2017   Synthetic Biologics, ... company developing therapeutics designed to preserve the microbiome ... today confirmed plans to initiate a Phase 2b/3 ... reformulation of lovastatin lactone designed to reduce methane ... in the gut to treat the underlying cause ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... 18, 2017  Aprima Medical Software, a leading ... management (PM) and revenue cycle management (RCM) solutions ... a former reseller Healthcare Data Solutions (HDS) of ... Aprima will assume full support for HDS,s customers, ... practices across 15 states. Financial terms were not ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... 18, 2017   Spotlight Innovation Inc. ... plans, in the second quarter of 2017, to ... intended to provide relief from chronic pain, is ... It was developed under a licensing agreement with ... derived from snake venom. Additionally, Caretta Therapeutics has ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: