Health Information and Cancer Screening Differences for Asian Americans
This study examined differences between Asian and non-Asian Americans in sources of health information and cancer screening. A nationally representative sample of 6,722 adults in the US, including those who speak, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean was selected. Questionnaire items included demographic variables, health status, cancer screening, health care experiences, health information sources, and use of an interpreter in the patient-provider interaction. Asians used the internet more for health information, preferred a physician from their own race, had friends or relatives and staff persons serve as interpreters, and less likely to call a health care provider and pharmacist, to need an interpreter, have had a complete physical exam, pap test, mammogram, and colorectal exam, within the last two years, than non-Asian Americans. Difficulty speaking with a physician led to 2.2 times greater risk of never getting a physical exam and 4.3 times greater risk of never getting a prostate exam. Development of sources of health information relevant to Asian Americans may enhance their decision making prior to and in conjunction with receiving medical care services.