A focus group study of factors influencing African-American men's prostate cancer screening behavior

J Natl Med Assoc. 2004 Jun;96(6):780-8.


This study was conducted to identify the factors perceived by African-American men as influencing their behavior relative to prostate cancer screening. A total of 49 African-American men, age 40 and above, participated in 10 focus group discussions in Florida. Data collection was between October 12, 2001 and March 9, 2002 in Tallahassee, Tampa, and Miami. Data analysis was conducted using a comprehensive ethnographical analysis, including the use of an ethnographical retrieval program, Nonnumerical Unstructured Data Indexing Searching and Theorizing (QSR NUD*IST 4.0) software. Factors identified as influencing prostate cancer screening participation by African-American men were impediments to prostate cancer screening; positive outcome beliefs associated with prostate cancer screening; social influence; negative outcome beliefs associated with prostate cancer screening; resources or opportunities that facilitate prostate cancer screening; prostate cancer knowledge; perceived susceptibility to prostate cancer; perceived threat of prostate cancer; perceived severity of prostate cancer; positive health activities; illness experience; and prostate cancer screening intervention message concept, message source, and message channel. The results of this study may offer an excellent guide to designing effective, culturally sensitive, and relevant interventions, which would increase African-American men's participation in prostate cancer screening.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • African Americans / psychology*
  • Causality
  • Focus Groups*
  • Health Behavior*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mass Screening / methods
  • Middle Aged
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / ethnology
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / prevention & control*
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / psychology
  • Socioeconomic Factors