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Conference Paper: Promoting colon cancer screening among older Chinese adults: reaching out through community elderly centres

TitlePromoting colon cancer screening among older Chinese adults: reaching out through community elderly centres
Authors
KeywordsGerontology and geriatrics
Issue Date2010
PublisherOxford University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://gerontologist.gerontologyjournals.org
Citation
The 63rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA 2010), New Orleans, LA., 19-23 November 2010. In The Gerontologist, 2010, v. 50 suppl. 1, p. 14 How to Cite?
AbstractBACKGROUND: In 2006, Hong Kong launched a five-year pilot project on bowel cancer education, promotion, and screening that targeted symptomatic adults ages fifty to seventy who were offered a Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT). Under this project, this program reached out to soon-to-be aged and young-old through Community Elderly Centres (CECs). During a 12 month period, more than two thousand people attended health talks, and about four hundred eligible participants used the FIT screening. Aims: This paper examines the strategy of using CECs as conduits to promote colon cancer screening among older Chinese. METHOD: Qualitative methods, including focus groups and in-depth interviews, were administered to three groups of stakeholders, including social workers, participants with negative FIT screening results, and participants with positive FIT screening results (4 in-depth interviews). The processes followed semi-structured guidelines and were audio-recorded and transcribed. Successive approximation was used as a method for data analysis. RESULTS: The strategies to used CECs as conduits to reach the elderly were seemingly effective, which is supported by the following four emerging themes: 1) The health promotion matches the service directions of CECs; 2) A rippling effect can be achieved by using the first batch of participants as role models for others; 3) CECs can recruit hard-to-reach older adults; and 4) Social workers could also play support roles by helping participants with their worries and emotional reactions during the process. CONCLUSION: Reaching older adults through CECs to promote colon cancer screening among older Chinese adults is promising. Policy implications are discussed.
DescriptionTheme: Transitions of Care Across the Aging Continuum
Session 70 (Paper): Health Promotion and Health Literacy
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/136733
ISSN
2015 Impact Factor: 3.168
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.584

 

DC FieldValueLanguage
dc.contributor.authorLou, VWen_US
dc.contributor.authorTsoi, KKFen_US
dc.contributor.authorWong, MCSen_US
dc.contributor.authorNg, SSMen_US
dc.contributor.authorChoi, SYPen_US
dc.contributor.authorGriffiths, SMen_US
dc.contributor.authorSung, JJYen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-27T02:35:14Z-
dc.date.available2011-07-27T02:35:14Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe 63rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA 2010), New Orleans, LA., 19-23 November 2010. In The Gerontologist, 2010, v. 50 suppl. 1, p. 14en_US
dc.identifier.issn0016-9013-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/136733-
dc.descriptionTheme: Transitions of Care Across the Aging Continuum-
dc.descriptionSession 70 (Paper): Health Promotion and Health Literacy-
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND: In 2006, Hong Kong launched a five-year pilot project on bowel cancer education, promotion, and screening that targeted symptomatic adults ages fifty to seventy who were offered a Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT). Under this project, this program reached out to soon-to-be aged and young-old through Community Elderly Centres (CECs). During a 12 month period, more than two thousand people attended health talks, and about four hundred eligible participants used the FIT screening. Aims: This paper examines the strategy of using CECs as conduits to promote colon cancer screening among older Chinese. METHOD: Qualitative methods, including focus groups and in-depth interviews, were administered to three groups of stakeholders, including social workers, participants with negative FIT screening results, and participants with positive FIT screening results (4 in-depth interviews). The processes followed semi-structured guidelines and were audio-recorded and transcribed. Successive approximation was used as a method for data analysis. RESULTS: The strategies to used CECs as conduits to reach the elderly were seemingly effective, which is supported by the following four emerging themes: 1) The health promotion matches the service directions of CECs; 2) A rippling effect can be achieved by using the first batch of participants as role models for others; 3) CECs can recruit hard-to-reach older adults; and 4) Social workers could also play support roles by helping participants with their worries and emotional reactions during the process. CONCLUSION: Reaching older adults through CECs to promote colon cancer screening among older Chinese adults is promising. Policy implications are discussed.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherOxford University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://gerontologist.gerontologyjournals.orgen_US
dc.relation.ispartofThe Gerontologisten_US
dc.subjectGerontology and geriatrics-
dc.titlePromoting colon cancer screening among older Chinese adults: reaching out through community elderly centresen_US
dc.typeConference_Paperen_US
dc.identifier.emailLou, VW: wlou@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailSung, JJY: joesung@cuhk.edu.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityLou, VW=rp00607en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1093/geront/gnq115-
dc.identifier.hkuros187046en_US
dc.identifier.volume50-
dc.identifier.issuesuppl. 1-
dc.identifier.spage14-
dc.identifier.epage14-
dc.description.otherThe 63rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), New Orleans, LA., 19-23 November 2010. In The Gerontologist, 2010, v. 50 suppl. 1, p. 14-

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