Author(s): Zimmerman SM
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Abstract PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To identify factors that influence Hispanic males decisions to participate in prostate cancer screening. DESIGN: Survey. SETTING: One hospital and three community clinics serving as sites for a community-sponsored prostate screening project in Texas. SAMPLE: 51 Hispanic males. METHOD: Face-to-face interviews. MAIN RESEARCH VARIABLES: Health, procedural, and scheduling variables affecting participation in screening. FINDINGS: The majority of participants reported that their health, the availability of Saturday and evening hours, the convenience of screening site locations, and offering exams at little or no cost were very important factors that influenced their decision to be screened for prostate cancer. Participants most frequently suggested promoting awareness among themselves as the most effective strategy for increasing prostate screening participation among Hispanics. CONCLUSION: Future research is recommended to ascertain if the study participants insights and strategies can lead to increased prostate screening participation among Hispanics. IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE: Health professionals need to provide Hispanic males with cancer information and positive screening experiences to promote cancer awareness and screening in this population.
This article was published in Oncol Nurs Forum
and referenced in Industrial Engineering & Management