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Changing the Attitudes and Behaviors of Black Men to Screening for Prostate Cancer

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Final addendum rept. 1 Mar 2005-28 Feb 2006

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The objectives of the project were a to explore the prevailing attitudes toward screening for prostate cancer among Black men in the Cape Fear region of North Carolina b to determine the comparative effectiveness of a one-time presentation of information advocating prostate cancer screening to that of repeated presentation of the message, and c to determine the characteristics and impact of the agent of information delivery on the attitudes and behaviors of Black men toward screening for prostate cancer. The study involved the presentation of uniform messages advocating the benefits of prostate cancer screening to a group of 120 Black men 40 years and older who had never screened for prostate cancer, nor participated in a prostate cancer screening education program. Researchers, health professionals, and peer facilitators delivered educational messages once to one group, and three times to a second group. The comparison of attitudes before exposure to the messages to those after exposure was to help determine the impact of the program on attitudes in the groups. The number of men screened following exposure to the messages was to determine the impact of the program on behavior change. Data continue to be collected to help address the stated objectives of the study.

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  • Sociology and Law
  • Psychology
  • Medicine and Medical Research

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