Colorectal Cancer Screening Knowledge, Beliefs, and Practices of Korean Americans

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Abstract:

Objectives: To examine (1) Korean Americans' colorectal cancer (CRC) screening practices and (2) significant factors that affect the population's CRC screening. Methods: A cross-sectional survey of Korean Americans (N = 167) aged 50+ was conducted. Covariates included sociodemographics, acculturation, health status, health care access, CRC-related beliefs, and knowledge about screening. Results: Knowledge, acculturation, and health care access were significantly associated with adherence to screening guidelines. In multivariate relationships of covariates, knowledge (OR = 2.57; 95% CI: 1.64 to 4.02) and number of visits to health care (OR = 1.80; 95% CI: 1.18 to 2.76) were significant predictors. Conclusion: Identified factors influencing CRC screening can help inform targeted interventions for Korean Americans.

Keywords: BELIEF; COLON CANCER SCREENING; KNOWLEDGE; KOREAN AMERICANS

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.37.3.11

Affiliations: 1: Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Department of Communication, Director of the Center for Health and Risk Communication, both from George Mason University, Fairfax, VA;, Email: koh5@gmu.edu 2: University Distinguished Professor, Chair, Department of Communication, Director of the Center for Health and Risk Communication, both from George Mason University, Fairfax, VA 3: Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa, IA

Publication date: May 1, 2013

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