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An Exploration of Black Men's Attitudes and Experiences Communicating with Dentists about Oral and Pharyngeal Cancer.

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Smith, PD; Weatherspoon, DJ; Bailey, T; Peterson, CE; Murray, M; Bekoe, O; Shadamoro, A; Osazuwa-Peters, N; Nu-Tall, K
Published in: Int J Environ Res Public Health
September 28, 2023

BACKGROUND: Poor oral and pharyngeal cancer (OPC) survival among Black men is partially due to their limited knowledge about OPCs, which is exacerbated by dentists' limited training and discomfort in discussing OPC risk factors. The purpose of this study was to assess the attitudes and experiences that Black men have communicating with dentists about OPCs. METHODS: To qualitatively assess these attitudes and experiences, a focus group guide and recruitment strategy were developed using a community engagement approach. Data were analyzed using grounded theory. RESULTS: Twenty-three self-identified Black men participated in three focus groups through the Zoom platform (mean age of 46.1 years). Four main themes emerged, which identified that participants: (1) had little knowledge of OPCs; (2) felt that addressing OPC risk among Black men was not a priority for dentists; (3) stressed the importance of dentists acknowledging the complexity of how race and gender affects Black men's healthcare experiences; and (4) expressed a benefit to receiving information from multiple social networks. CONCLUSION: The focus groups provided context for how dentists might engage with Black men in discussions about OPC prevention and treatment.

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Int J Environ Res Public Health

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EISSN

1660-4601

Publication Date

September 28, 2023

Volume

20

Issue

19

Location

Switzerland

Related Subject Headings

  • Toxicology
  • Oropharyngeal Neoplasms
  • Middle Aged
  • Men
  • Male
  • Humans
  • Focus Groups
  • Dentists
  • Dentist-Patient Relations
  • Black People
 

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Smith, P. D., Weatherspoon, D. J., Bailey, T., Peterson, C. E., Murray, M., Bekoe, O., … Nu-Tall, K. (2023). An Exploration of Black Men's Attitudes and Experiences Communicating with Dentists about Oral and Pharyngeal Cancer. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 20(19). https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20196859
Smith, Patrick D., Darien J. Weatherspoon, Tiosha Bailey, Caryn E. Peterson, Marcus Murray, Osei Bekoe, Anuoluwapo Shadamoro, Nosayaba Osazuwa-Peters, and Kimberly Nu-Tall. “An Exploration of Black Men's Attitudes and Experiences Communicating with Dentists about Oral and Pharyngeal Cancer.Int J Environ Res Public Health 20, no. 19 (September 28, 2023). https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20196859.
Smith PD, Weatherspoon DJ, Bailey T, Peterson CE, Murray M, Bekoe O, et al. An Exploration of Black Men's Attitudes and Experiences Communicating with Dentists about Oral and Pharyngeal Cancer. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2023 Sep 28;20(19).
Smith, Patrick D., et al. “An Exploration of Black Men's Attitudes and Experiences Communicating with Dentists about Oral and Pharyngeal Cancer.Int J Environ Res Public Health, vol. 20, no. 19, Sept. 2023. Pubmed, doi:10.3390/ijerph20196859.
Smith PD, Weatherspoon DJ, Bailey T, Peterson CE, Murray M, Bekoe O, Shadamoro A, Osazuwa-Peters N, Nu-Tall K. An Exploration of Black Men's Attitudes and Experiences Communicating with Dentists about Oral and Pharyngeal Cancer. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2023 Sep 28;20(19).

Published In

Int J Environ Res Public Health

DOI

EISSN

1660-4601

Publication Date

September 28, 2023

Volume

20

Issue

19

Location

Switzerland

Related Subject Headings

  • Toxicology
  • Oropharyngeal Neoplasms
  • Middle Aged
  • Men
  • Male
  • Humans
  • Focus Groups
  • Dentists
  • Dentist-Patient Relations
  • Black People