Latinos likely to skip cancer screening, distrust medical providers

Hispanics and non-college-educated patients are almost twice as likely to report feeling used as “guinea pigs” by medical health professionals when compared to non-Hispanic whites and non-Hispanic blacks, reveals data compiled by the Moffitt Cancer Center.

That distrust of medical professionals had a direct impact on the number of Hispanics willing to receive cancer screenings, indicated study researchers in a press release.

The results, published in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, led researchers to conclude health care providers need to increase professional awareness about Hispanics’ fears and cultural concept of health, and do a better job of instilling trust and dispelling the concerns among the Hispanic population.

“Developing rapport and a trusting relationship requires effective communication skills,” study author B. Lee Green, PhD, Vice President at Moffitt Diversity, Senior Member of Health Outcomes and Behavior and Co-Director for the Center for Equal Health, told VOXXI.

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