Cancer information-seeking experiences: The implications of hispanic ethnicity and spanish language

Robin C. Vanderpool, Julie Kornfeld, Lila Finney Rutten, Linda Squiers

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Abstract

Background. Strategies to support cancer information-seeking among Hispanics are needed. Methods. We analyzed data from the 2005 Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) to explore cancer information-seeking experiences among respondents according to ethnicity and language of interview. Results. Over 80% of Spanish-speaking Hispanics had never looked for cancer information. Compared to English-speaking respondents, Spanish-speaking Hispanics who sought cancer information indicated their search took a lot of effort (67%), was hard to understand (54%), and frustrating (42%). Spanish-speaking Hispanics noted minimal confidence in obtaining cancer information. Conclusions. Language and cultural differences must be considered in the design, implementation, and dissemination of cancer information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-147
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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