Examining the Health and Cancer Information Seeking Behaviors of Korean-Americans

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/150494
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Presentation
Title:
Examining the Health and Cancer Information Seeking Behaviors of Korean-Americans
Abstract:
Examining the Health and Cancer Information Seeking Behaviors of Korean-Americans
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2011
Author:Oh, Kyeung Mi, PhD, RN
P.I. Institution Name:George Mason University
Title:Assistant Professor
Co-Authors:Gary Kreps PhD, Professor
[22nd International Nursing Research Congress - Research Presentation] Purpose: Many Korean-Americans (KAs) have low cancer screening rates. A significant number of KAs lack adequate information about cancer screening tests. However, little is known about the health behaviors of KAs. This study examines (1) exposure to mass media health information, health and cancer information seeking behaviors and source preferences for KAs; (2) factors influencing variations in exposure to health information and their trust in health information sources; and (3) the awareness of cancer information sources by KAs.
Methods:  Data for this study were gathered with a cross-sectional, community-based survey. The survey was conducted in the Washington, DC metropolitan area during 2006 and 2007. It was administered to 254 KA men and women ages 40 years or older.
Results: Korean media sources and internet are important sources used regularly and can also be a major source of communicating health information to this population. Korean newspapers were a common source of health-related information. KAs with less education are more likely to seek health information in Magazines and Newspapers. The most trusted source of health information among respondents in this study was from a doctor or other health care professional. KA?s involvement in cancer information seeking is relatively low and they have somewhat negative experiences in seeking cancer information. Also, their awareness of cancer information sources was limited. Despite of the heavy use of Korean ethnic media, it did not connect to cancer information source awareness.  Rather, use of US mainstream media was significantly related with awareness.
Conclusion: A majority of KAs are first generation immigrants, struggling to overcome language barriers. Obviously, language barriers may hinder KAs from being aware of credible cancer information resources. Campaigns using the Korean language through partnerships with Korean ethnic media to inform KAs about credible sources of health information appear to be warranted by our findings.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleExamining the Health and Cancer Information Seeking Behaviors of Korean-Americansen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/150494-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Examining the Health and Cancer Information Seeking Behaviors of Korean-Americans</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2011</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Oh, Kyeung Mi, PhD, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">George Mason University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">koh5@gmu.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Gary Kreps PhD, Professor</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[22nd International Nursing Research Congress - Research Presentation] Purpose:&nbsp;Many Korean-Americans (KAs) have low cancer screening rates. A significant number of KAs lack adequate information about cancer screening tests. However, little is known about the health behaviors of KAs. This study examines (1) exposure to mass media health information, health and cancer information seeking behaviors and source preferences for KAs; (2) factors influencing variations in exposure to health information and their trust in health information sources; and (3) the awareness of cancer information sources by KAs. <br/>Methods:&nbsp;&nbsp;Data for this study were gathered with a cross-sectional, community-based survey. The survey was conducted in the Washington, DC metropolitan area during 2006 and 2007. It was administered to 254 KA men and women ages 40 years or older. <br/>Results:&nbsp;Korean media sources and internet are important sources used regularly and can also be a major source of communicating health information to this population. Korean newspapers were a common source of health-related information. KAs with less education are more likely to seek health information in Magazines and Newspapers. The most trusted source of health information among respondents in this study was from a doctor or other health care professional. KA?s involvement in cancer information seeking is relatively low and they have somewhat negative experiences in seeking cancer information. Also, their awareness of cancer information sources was limited. Despite of the heavy use of Korean ethnic media, it did not connect to cancer information source awareness.&nbsp; Rather, use of US mainstream media was significantly related with awareness. <br/>Conclusion:&nbsp;A majority of KAs are first generation immigrants, struggling to overcome language barriers. Obviously, language barriers may hinder KAs from being aware of credible cancer information resources. Campaigns using the Korean language through partnerships with Korean ethnic media to inform KAs about credible sources of health information appear to be warranted by our findings.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T10:34:35Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T10:34:35Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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