Journal Article Patient-Reported Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening: A Mixed-Methods Analysis
Kelly J. Devers, Additional Authors
Display Date

This American Journal of Preventive Medicine article presents findings from a mixed-methods study conducted in 2005 to understand patient perspectives on colorectal cancer screening. Responses to a mailed survey identified fear and the bowel preparation as the most important barriers to screening, while remarks by focus group participants exposed the intricacies of complex barriers -- such as fear, lack of information, time, the role of physicians, and access to care -- as well as barriers that have little documentation in the literature, such as low self-worth, "para-sexual" sensitivities, fatalism, negative past experiences with testing, and skepticism about the financial motivation behind screening recommendations.
Research Areas Health and health care
Tags Health care delivery and payment Health equity Hospitals and physicians Private insurance Public health
Policy Centers Health Policy Center