Chinese-Americans in California Face Barriers to Cancer Screenings
Chinese-American immigrants in California with limited health literacy and English proficiency are less likely to receive cancer screenings, according to a study published in BMJ Open, Payers & Providers reports.
Details of Study
The study was based on data from the UCLA Center for Health Policy's 2007 California Health Interview Survey. The study examined responses from 1,400 Asian-American residents, and researchers measured their English proficiency and health literacy by:
- How well respondents understood information from their physician; and
- Respondents' ability to understand instructions for prescription medication.
The study found that low English proficiency and limited health literacy correlated with low rates of cancer screenings among Chinese-Americans in California.
For example, the study found that 77.8% of all female respondents underwent a cervical cancer screening/Pap smear, while 59.4% with low health literacy did so.
Among male and female respondents, 50.9% underwent colorectal cancer screenings. In comparison:
- 61.4% of respondents who did not have limited English proficiency and health literacy were screened; and
- 39% of respondents with limited English proficiency and health literacy were screened.
The study authors said providers in the state should adapt culturally and linguistically to increase screenings among Chinese-American immigrants (Payers & Providers, 1/29).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.