ERIC Number: EJ804899
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
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Oral Cancer in African Americans: Addressing Health Disparities
Dodd, Virginia J.; Watson, Jennifer M.; Choi, Youjin; Tomar, Scott L.; Logan, Henrietta L.
American Journal of Health Behavior, v32 n6 p684-692 Nov-Dec 2008
Objectives: To explore factors underlying African Americans' perceptions of oral cancer and the oral cancer exam. Study findings were used to guide development of oral cancer messages designed to increase oral cancer exams among African Americans. Methods: Focus groups were conducted to understand African Americans' attitudes and expectations regarding oral cancer and oral cancer exams. Results: Respondents lacked knowledge of personal susceptibility to and the severity of a late-stage oral cancer diagnosis. Participants had limited knowledge of risk factors. Discussion: Findings point to the need for improved patient education and communication between the public and dental providers.
Descriptors: Patient Education, Focus Groups, Cancer, At Risk Persons, African Americans, Attitude Measures, Public Health, Attitude Change, Knowledge Level, Educational Needs, Health Promotion, Dental Health
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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