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Type: Journal article
Title: Ambivalence and its influence on participation in screening for colorectal cancer
Author: Oster, C.
Zajac, I.
Flight, I.
Hart, E.
Young, G.
Wilson, C.
Turnbull, D.
Citation: Qualitative Health Research, 2013; 23(9):1188-1201
Publisher: Sage Publications Inc
Issue Date: 2013
ISSN: 1049-7323
1552-7557
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Candice Oster, Ian Zajac, Ingrid Flight, Elizabeth Hart, Graeme P. Young, Carlene Wilson, and Deborah Turnbull
Abstract: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the most prevalent cancers worldwide, and an ideal target for early detection and prevention through cancer screening. Unfortunately, rates of participation in screening are less than adequate. In this article we explore why people who were offered a fecal immunochemical test for CRC decided to participate or not, and for those who did participate, what influenced them to take action and complete the test. We conducted four focus groups and 30 telephone interviews with 63 people. The main reason people decided to screen was “wanting to know” their CRC status, which operated on a continuum ranging from wanting to know, through varying degrees of ambivalence, to not wanting to know. The majority of participants expressed ambivalence about CRC screening, and the main cue to action was the opportunity to screen without being too inconvenienced.
Keywords: cancer, screening and prevention; focus groups; interviews; qualitative analysis; risk, perceptions; self-care
Rights: © The Author(s) 2013
RMID: 0020131414
DOI: 10.1177/1049732313501890
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