Mammography Screening Among Latinas: Does Gender and Ethnic Patient-Physician Concordance Matter?

Sonia Mendoza-Grey, Jose Ramos-Muniz, Adria N. Armbrister, Ana F. Abraído-Lanza

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Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Latinas. Dominican women in particular have a higher lifetime risk of breast cancer than do other Latinas in the U.S. This study examines how gender, ethnic, and language concordance between providers and patients are associated with recent mammography screening for Latina immigrant women from the Dominican Republic. We conducted structured interviews, in Spanish, with 419 Dominican women aged 40 years or older living in New York City. Using bivariate analysis and logistic regressions, we tested whether patient-provider gender, ethnic, and language concordance was associated with recent mammography when controlling for demographic covariates, breast cancer screening knowledge, and self-rated health. Gender concordance predicted recent mammography after controlling for covariates (β = 0.13). Neither ethnic nor language concordance significantly predicted recent mammography. Our findings suggest that promotion of patient-provider gender concordance may help reduce health disparities among Latinos/as and other minority groups across the United States.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)986-992
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2021


  • Breast cancer screening
  • Dominican women
  • Latina immigrants
  • Patient-provider concordance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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