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African-American women's perceptions of their most serious health problems.

Sadler, Georgia Robins and Escobar, Rita Paola and Ko, Celine Marie and White, Monique and Lee, Shianti and Neal, Tiffany and Gilpin, Elizabeth A (2005) African-American women's perceptions of their most serious health problems. Journal of the National Medical Association, 97 (1). pp. 31-40. ISSN 0027-9684

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African Americans experience a disproportionate burden of illness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease, cancer, cerebrovascular disease and diabetes are the most common causes of mortality among African Americans. Data were gathered from 1,055 African-American women to gain their perspectives of the most serious health problems affecting African-American women and their related knowledge, attitudes and health promoting behaviors. Women listed CDC's top four causes of mortality as their top four most serious health threats. Cancer was reported as a serious health threat by 81% of the participants, whereas heart disease, the most common cause of mortality and a disease amenable to prevention and early intervention, was mentioned by only 31% of the women. Diabetes was reported by 59% of the women and cerebrovascular disease by 52%. As the Health Belief and other theoretical models would predict, awareness of the seriousness of these four disease groups among African-American women was associated with a greater likelihood of adherence for several of the recommended behaviors. Many opportunities exist for raising women's awareness of these four diseases and linking women's growing health awareness with those health promoting behaviors known to reduce morbidity and mortality.

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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: African-American women, knowledge, health promoting behaviors
Subjects: Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases
Health > Public Health > Health Risk Factors
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Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2011 10:32
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2011 10:32
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/2598

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