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Title: Understanding low colorectal cancer screening uptake in South Asian faith communities in England - A qualitative study Health behavior, health promotion and society
Author(s): Palmer, Cecily K
Thomas, Mary C
McGregor, Lesley M
von Wagner, Christian
Raine, Rosalind
Issue Date: 1-Oct-2015
Citation: Palmer CK, Thomas MC, McGregor LM, von Wagner C & Raine R (2015) Understanding low colorectal cancer screening uptake in South Asian faith communities in England - A qualitative study Health behavior, health promotion and society. BMC Public Health, 15, Art. No.: 998.
Abstract: Background Colorectal cancer screening uptake within the South Asian population in England is approximately half that of the general population (33 % vs 61 %), and varies by Muslim (31.9 %), Sikh (34.6 %) and Hindu (43.7 %) faith background. This study sought to explore reasons for low uptake of CRC screening in South Asian communities and for the variability of low uptake between three faith communities; and to identify strategies by which uptake might be improved. Methods We interviewed 16 ‘key informants’ representing communities from the three largest South Asian faith backgrounds (Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism) in London, England. Results Reasons for low colorectal cancer screening uptake were overwhelmingly shared across South Asian faith groups. These were: limitations posed by written English; limitations posed by any written language; reliance on younger family members; low awareness of colorectal cancer and screening; and difficulties associated with faeces. Non-written information delivered verbally and interactively within faith or community settings was preferred across faith communities. Conclusions Efforts to increase accessibility to colorectal cancer screening in South Asian communities should use local language broadcasts on ethnic media and face-to-face approaches within community and faith settings to increase awareness of colorectal cancer and screening, and address challenges posed by written materials.
DOI Link: 10.1186/s12889-015-2334-9
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