Knowledge and attitudes about colon cancer screening among African Americans

Am J Health Behav. 2011 Jul;35(4):393-401. doi: 10.5993/ajhb.35.4.2.

Abstract

Objectives: To explore knowledge and attitudes about colorectal cancer (CRC) screening among African American patients age 45 and older at a community health center serving low-income and uninsured patients.

Methods: We conducted 7 focus groups and 17 additional semistructured interviews. Sessions were audio-recorded, transcribed, and analyzed using standard text analysis.

Results: Most participants who were age eligible for CRC screening were nonadherent according to national guidelines. Themes included low CRC knowledge, low perceived norms, high barriers, and other screening beliefs.

Conclusion: Lack of knowledge, low perceived risk, and attitudes about CRC screening may be important targets for interventions in low-income African American patients.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • African Americans / psychology*
  • Aged
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Colonic Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Colonic Neoplasms / psychology*
  • Early Detection of Cancer / psychology*
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medically Uninsured / psychology
  • Middle Aged
  • Poverty / psychology*