BACKGROUND: Strategies to support cancer information-seeking among Hispanics are needed.
METHODS: We analyzed data from the 2005 Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) to explore cancer information-seeking experiences among respondents according to ethnicity and language of interview.
RESULTS: Over 80% of Spanish-speaking Hispanics had never looked for cancer information. Compared to English-speaking respondents, Spanish-speaking Hispanics who sought cancer information indicated their search took a lot of effort (67%), was hard to understand (54%), and frustrating (42%). Spanish-speaking Hispanics noted minimal confidence in obtaining cancer information.
CONCLUSIONS: Language and cultural differences must be considered in the design, implementation, and dissemination of cancer information.
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Vanderpool, Robin C.; Kornfeld, Julie; Finney Rutten, Lila; and Squiers, Linda, "Cancer Information-Seeking Experiences: The Implications of Hispanic Ethnicity and Spanish Language" (2009). Health, Behavior & Society Faculty Publications. 7.