MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AWARDED GRANT FOR RESEARCH FOR COLORECTAL CANCER SCREENING
Colorectal cancer (CRC) remains the third leading cause of cancer-related mortality in the U.S. despite effective screening methods. While rates of screening overall have increased, the disparities in CRC screening between non-Latino Whites and Latinos have also increased. Even after accounting for socioeconomic factors, screening rates are lower for Latinos than for non-Latino Whites suggesting that there are other factors and barriers to CRC screening that are specific to Latinos.
Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island’s Center for Primary Care and Prevention received a two-year grant for $176.5 thousand issued by The National Cancer Institute, to promote colon cancer screening among Latino men. This federal grant money comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Joseph Diaz, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor of Medicine, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Center for Primary Care and Prevention at Memorial Hospital is the principal investigator of the project, entitled “Development of a Tailored Intervention to Promote Colorectal Cancer Screening Among Latino Men”, which will take place over the next two years.
According to Dr. Diaz, the purpose of the study is to explore barriers to colorectal cancer screening encountered by Latino men and identify successful strategies used to overcome screening barriers. He plans to use a novel approach, called “positive deviance”, featuring successful peers, to develop a culturally and linguistically appropriate tailored video-based intervention to increase CRC screening among Latino men.
The study’s ultimate goal is to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of using this approach to change attitudes and behaviors towards CRC screening and promote positive screening intention among Latino men. If successful, the methods used in this project could be extended to promote healthy behaviors across a wide spectrum of preventable diseases and conditions.
For information about this primary care research study at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, contact Cancer_Prevention@mhri.org or (401)729-3902.