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Help-seeking for symptoms of cancer among black and minority ethnic (BME) people in the UK

Project Description

There is sustained evidence for enduring racial and ethnic disparities in health status and outcomes (Mayberry et al., 2000). For example, across some cancer types there are differing mortality and morbidity outcomes associated with race and ethnicity (Baicker et al., 2005) and observed differences in screening rates, stage of diagnosis as well as the performance of prevention behaviours (Baranowski et al., 1996). The reasons for these disparities are not well understood although it has been hypothesised that there is a role played by shared experiences, culture, social contextual factors, systemic barriers and challenges in communication (Williams and Rucker, 2000). Such factors can influence how and when individuals seek medical help and engage with healthcare services. Although the patterning of factors that influence medical help-seeking may not depend upon ethnicity-based groupings, it is clear that people migrating to, and within, the EU experience unequal access to healthcare (Mladovsky, 2007) and this may, in part reflect differences
in medical help-seeking behaviour.

Aim: The overarching aim of this study is to identify predictors of help- seeking among a superdiverse population. This aim will be addressed through three objectives, which aim to identify:


Medina-Perucha L, Yousaf O, Hunter MS, Grunfeld EA. Barriers to medical help-seeking among older men with prostate cancer. J Psychosoc Oncol. 2017;35(5):531-543. doi: 10.1080/07347332.2017.1312661.

Alidu L, Grunfeld EA. Gender differences in beliefs about health: a comparative qualitative study with Ghanaian and Indian migrants living in the United Kingdom. BMC Psychol. 2017;5(1):8. doi: 10.1186/s40359-017-0178-z.

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FTE Category A staff submitted: 28.35

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