Barriers to CRC screening among Latino adults in Pennsylvania: ACCN results

Am J Health Behav. 2012 Mar;36(2):153-67. doi: 10.5993/AJHB.36.2.2.


Objectives: To describe knowledge of and barriers to colorectal cancer (CRC) screening by sex and geography among Latino adults in Pennsylvania.

Methods: Eighty-two Latinos >50 years old engaged in one of 8 focus groups. Focus groups consisted of 4 components. Focus group data were audiotaped, transcribed, and grouped into thematic units using content analysis.

Results: We found significant differences in the reported barriers to CRC screenings by sex and geography. Identified barriers were placed into 5 domains: (1) physical environment, (2) structural, (3) sociocultural, (4) individual level, and (5) physician related.

Conclusions: A targeted approach for CRC screening among Latinos may be better than the nontargeted approach.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / ethnology*
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • Health Services Accessibility*
  • Hispanic Americans / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mass Screening / psychology
  • Mass Screening / statistics & numerical data*
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care*
  • Pennsylvania
  • Surveys and Questionnaires