Skip to main page content
Access keys NCBI Homepage MyNCBI Homepage Main Content Main Navigation
Comparative Study
. May-Jun 2002;7(3):205-19.
doi: 10.1080/10810730290088094.

Factors Influencing Medical Information Seeking Among African American Cancer Patients

Affiliations
Comparative Study

Factors Influencing Medical Information Seeking Among African American Cancer Patients

Alicia K Matthews et al. J Health Commun. .

Abstract

Qualitative research methods were used to explore factors that may affect medical information seeking, treatment engagement, and emotional adjustment among African American cancer patients. Focus group findings suggest that an array of cultural and socioeconomic factors plays important roles in the behavior of African American cancer patients. Participants described a number of important barriers and facilitators of medical information seeking and treatment participation. Factors linked to the health care-related behaviors and adjustment of African American cancer patients included limited knowledge and misinformation about cancer, mistrust of the medical community, concerns about privacy, lack of insurance, religious beliefs, and emotional issues such as fear and stigma associated with seeking emotional support. Recommendations are made that may assist mental and physical health providers in improving patient information and mental and physical health outcomes of African American cancer patients.

Similar articles

See all similar articles

Cited by 57 articles

See all "Cited by" articles

LinkOut - more resources

Feedback