Increasing Sustained Participation in Free Mass Prostate Cancer Screening Clinics
Annual rept. 1 May 2004-30 Apr 2005
DUKE UNIV MEDICAL CENTER DURHAM NC
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The overall objective of this study is to determine factors associated with sustaining regular participation in free prostate cancer screening clinics among African American men. The expected outcome will be to define a set of intervention strategies that can be conducted at the community level by nurses in free screening clinics or programs. This study will provide understanding of the factors that influence African American mens choice to sustain participation in mass prostate cancer screening. Strategies used in this study show that African American participation can be increased. However, a challenge remains to sustain their participation in the free prostate cancer screening from one year to flthe next, and over several years. Tailored messages have been developed which respond to reasons men give for not returning, and also for reasons given that they seek the screening. Targeted mailed reminders can promote use of free screening clinics. Work in year 3 included continued collection of demographic data on the screening participants. In addition, conduct of prostate cancer screening information sessions was continued at area African American churches. Tailored messages were developed and used by free screening planners to facilitate enrollment of new and past year screening. Data cleaning and analysis were continued to determine the unduplicated count of study participants for each study year. in 2004 there were 508 participants. Of those 58 were African American which is an 18.5 increase over the three study years.
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