Factors associated with female provider preference among African American women, and implications for Breast cancer screening

Dana M. Casciotti, Ann C. Klassen

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Abstract

Globally, breast cancer incidence is increasing. Early detection remains important for addressing disparities, including among U.S. minorities. Seeing a female physician increases screening, but the effects of unmet provider gender preference among underserved populations remain unexplored. Among 576 urban African American women age 45-93, we examined predictors of gender preference and how met and unmet preference influenced screening. We conclude that provider gender is a "double-edged sword." We saw a female provider screening benefit, but also that gender preference was associated with past disadvantage and attitudes inconsistent with health maintenance. Provider gender preference merits further consideration in women's health research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)581-598
Number of pages18
JournalHealth care for women international
Volume32
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions(all)

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