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Barriers to CRC Screening Among Latino Adults in Pennsylvania: ACCN Results

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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.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: NIH-NIC Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Public Health Sciences, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA, USA. [email protected] 2: Professor, Public Health Sciences, Health Policy & Administration, Family and Community Medicine, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA, USA 3: Associate Professor, Department of Biobehavioral Health, Penn State University, University Park, PA, USA 4: Distinguished Professor, Department of Communication Arts and Sciences, and Health Policy & Administration, Penn State University, University Park, PA, USA 5: Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA, USA 6: Community Leader, Juniata County and Mifflin County, PA, St. Jude Thaddeus Parish, Mifflintown, PA, USA 7: Professor of Internal Medicine, Director of the Preventive Research Center, Kentucky University, Lexington, KY, USA

Publication date: 2012-03-01

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