Addressing the Challenge of Informed Decision Making in Prostate Cancer Community Outreach to African American Men

Wray, Ricardo J., Vijaykumar, Santosh, Jupka, Keri, Zellin, Stacie and Shahid, Mellve (2011) Addressing the Challenge of Informed Decision Making in Prostate Cancer Community Outreach to African American Men. American Journal of Men's Health, 5 (6). pp. 508-516. ISSN 1557-9883

Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL:


African American men are disproportionately affected by prostate cancer. This project adopted a community-based participatory approach to design and pilot test an educational outreach strategy that promotes informed decision making about screening among African American men in community settings in St. Louis, Missouri. Interviews with local subject matter experts informed the design of the strategy. The revised curriculum was pilot tested in 2009 with 63 men who completed pre- and posttest surveys that measured knowledge, norms, beliefs, decision self-efficacy, and screening intention. The intervention resulted in statistically significant improvement in prostate cancer knowledge, decreased perceived risks and barriers, and increased screening decision self-efficacy. The educational outreach strategy offered in community settings was effective in improving knowledge, beliefs, and decision self-efficacy related to prostate cancer screening. This project sought to devise a screening outreach strategy that struck a balance between the imperatives of informed decision-making goals and the pragmatics of community settings. The findings suggest the need for further research to assess the effectiveness of community-based outreach efforts in enhancing engagement of men in decision making related to screening, diagnostics, and treatment.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: health education, PSA testing, health communication, prostate cancer
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2018 10:11
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 21:47

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics