Family Support and Colorectal Cancer Screening Among Urban African Americans

Kelly Brittain, Jacquelyn Taylor, Carol Loveland-Cherry, Laurel Northouse, Cleopatra H. Caldwell

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Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third leading cause of cancer death among African Americans. Less than 50% of African Americans have had CRC screening. This study examined the relationships between family support and influence, cultural identity, CRC beliefs, and a screening informed decision among 129 urban African Americans. Family support (P <.01) significantly predicted CRC beliefs and CRC beliefs significantly predicted informed decision (P < .01). Based on study results, practitioners should routinely assess family support and CRC beliefs with African Americans patients. This may improve patient-provider shared decision-making satisfaction and CRC screening adherence among African American patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)522-527
Number of pages6
JournalJournal for Nurse Practitioners
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2012


  • African Americans
  • Colorectal cancer screening
  • Decision making
  • Family support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


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