TitleSources of breast and cervical cancer information for hmong women and men.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsThorburn, S, Keon, KLevy, Kue, J
JournalWomen & health
Volume53
Issue5
Pagination468-78
Date Published2013
KeywordsYoung Adult
Abstract

Despite low breast and cervical cancer screening levels among Hmong women in the United States reported in the literature, understanding of the barriers to screening for Hmong women is limited. Health literacy issues may influence screening behavior for this population. This qualitative study explored sources of information about breast and cervical cancer, including screening, and identified barriers to seeking such information for Hmong women and men. Researchers conducted semi-structured, in-depth interviews with 84 Hmong women and men living in Oregon. Interviews were audio-recorded and transcribed. Transcripts of 83 usable interviews were analyzed using content analysis. Health care providers and the Internet were the most frequently cited sources of information about breast and cervical cancer, including screening. Other sources were family, friends, and other media. Over half of the participants indicated that nothing would prevent them from seeking information about these topics. These findings suggested that health care providers and the Internet may be important sources of information about breast and cervical cancer screening for Hmong women. Additional research is needed to examine further Hmong women's health literacy needs and preferences with regards to breast and cervical cancer screening.

DOI10.1080/03630242.2013.796305