Sociodemographic differences in fears and mistrust contributing to unwillingness to participate in cancer screenings

Jenna L. Davis, Shalanda A. Bynum, Ralph V. Katz, Kyrel Buchanan, B. Lee Green

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Abstract

Effective provider-patient relationships are vital for positive patient health outcomes. This analysis assessed sociodemographic differences in fears and mistrust related to the provider-patient relationship, which may contribute to unwillingness to participate in cancer screenings (CSs). The data are from a stratified, random-digit dial telephone questionnaire of non-institutionalized households in New York, Maryland, and Puerto Rico. Statistically significant results indicate that Hispanics, compared with Whites, were nearly two times more likely to report that fear of being a "guinea pig" and lacking trust in medical people would make them unwilling to participate in CSs. Additionally, those with less education were over two times more likely to indicate a fear of being embarrassed during the screen- ing would make them unwilling to participate in CSs. These results highlight areas where health professionals can improve interactions with their patients and be attentive to their fears and/or mistrusts to promote CSs utilization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-76
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of health care for the poor and underserved
Volume23
Issue number4 SUPPL.
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2012

Keywords

  • Cancer screening
  • Provider-patient relationship
  • Sociodemographic characteristics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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