Factors Associated With Black Men’s Preference for Health Information

Lauren J. Parker, Haslyn Hunte, Anita Ohmit, Roland J. Thorpe

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Black men are less likely to seek routine health care examinations or preventative care compared with their racial/ethnic and gender counterparts. Because of Black men’s limited engagement with the health system, Black men’s preference to receive health information is unclear. Guided by a revised version of the Andersen Healthcare Utilization Model, the aim of the study is to examine factors associated with Black men’s preference for informal or formal health information. Findings from the study demonstrate that financial barriers to care (odds ratio [OR] = 0.65, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 0.43-0.98) and higher income (OR = 2.44, 95% CI = 1.49-4.00) were most predictive of using a formal source for health information. Furthermore, age (OR = 1.02, 95% CI = 1.01-1.03) and having a college education (OR = 0.44, 95% CI = 0.26-0.76) were associated with using a formal place for health information. Interestingly, health care discrimination was not associated with preferred source or place for health information. Results from the study suggest that predisposing and enabling factors are most salient to the use of formal sources of health information among Black men.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-126
Number of pages8
JournalHealth promotion practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


  • Black men
  • health promotion
  • men’s health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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