Communicating Prostate Cancer Information to Black Men: A Systematic Review

30 September, 2018

Citation, abstract and comment below.

CITATION: Choosing Channels, Sources, and Content for Communicating Prostate Cancer Information to Black Men: A Systematic Review of the Literature

Kim Walsh-Childers et al.

American Journal of Men’s Health 2018, Vol. 12(5) 1728–1745


The purpose of this study was to identify effective channels, sources, and content approaches for communicating prostate cancer prevention information to Black men. The Web of Science, PubMed and GoogleScholar databases, as well as reviews of reference lists for selected publications, were searched to select articles relevant to cancer communication channels, sources or content for Black men, focused on male-prevalent cancers and published in English. Articles were excluded if they examined only patient–provider communication, dealt exclusively with prostate cancer patients or did not separate findings by race. The selection procedures identified 41 relevant articles, which were systematically and independently reviewed by two team members to extract data on preferred channels, sources, and content for prostate cancer information. This review revealed that Black men prefer interpersonal communication for prostate cancer information; however, video can be effective. Trusted sources included personal physicians, clergy, and other community leaders, family (especially spouses) and prostate cancer survivors. Men want comprehensive information about screening, symptoms, treatment, and outcomes. Messages should be culturally tailored, encouraging empowerment and “ownership” of disease. Black men are open to prostate cancer prevention information through mediated channels when contextualized within spiritual/cultural beliefs and delivered by trusted sources.

COMMENT: As a general observation, it is interesting to witness the increasing granularity of systematic reviews, which are addressing ever more specific issues. With respect to this review, I could not find a description of the geography of the studies, but the references suggest all, or nearly all, are from the United States and none are from Africa.

Best wishes, Neil

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