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Barriers to medical help-seeking among older men with prostate cancer

Medina-Perucha, L, Yousaf, O, Hunter, M.S and Grunfeld, E.A (2017) 'Barriers to medical help-seeking among older men with prostate cancer.' Journal of Psychosocial Oncology. ISSN 0734-7332

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Abstract

Objective:- Men's disinclination to seek medical help has been linked to higher rates of morbidity and mortality compared to women. However, previous studies were conducted predominantly with healthy, young, and middle-aged men. We explored the perceived medical barriers to help-seeking in older men with prostate cancer. Method:- 20 men with prostate cancer took part in semistructured interviews, which were analyzed using thematic analysis. Results:- Three themes were identified related to negative attitudes toward help-seeking: male gender role; fear of the health condition, medical and treatment procedures; and embarrassment as a consequence of medical examinations, communication with health (and nonhealth) professionals, and the disclosure of sexual-related symptoms. Conclusion:- The barriers identified in our study strengthen the evidence for the impact of traditional masculinity on help-seeking in men.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: help-seeking, masculinity, men, prostate cancer, thematic analysis
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2017 15:55
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2017 08:41
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