Discussing Cancer

Communication With African Americans

Nikki Caito, Sula Hood, Vetta L.Sanders Thompson

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Abstract

Regular screening for colorectal cancer (CRC) facilitates earlier detection, lowers mortality, and may reduce incidence through detection and removal of pre-cancerous polyps. Optimizing health professional delivery of CRC screening information and recommendations can assist in reducing CRC disparity in the African-American community. This article presents qualitative data on African Americans' attitudes about health professional CRC communications based on the analysis of focus groups (N = 79). Using a social-ecological framework, colorectal cancer and professional communication themes are examined to offer four general and nine cancer-specific theoretically based and culturally appropriate strategies for improving health professional cancer communication with African Americans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)519-531
Number of pages13
JournalSocial Work in Health Care
Volume53
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

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African Americans
Colorectal Neoplasms
Communication
Neoplasms
Attitude to Health
Health
Polyps
Focus Groups
Early Detection of Cancer
Mortality
Incidence

Keywords

  • African American
  • cancer
  • cancer communication
  • colorectal cancer screening
  • communication
  • health education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Discussing Cancer : Communication With African Americans. / Caito, Nikki; Hood, Sula; Thompson, Vetta L.Sanders.

In: Social Work in Health Care, Vol. 53, No. 6, 01.01.2014, p. 519-531.

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Caito, Nikki ; Hood, Sula ; Thompson, Vetta L.Sanders. / Discussing Cancer : Communication With African Americans. In: Social Work in Health Care. 2014 ; Vol. 53, No. 6. pp. 519-531.
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