Barriers to medical help-seeking among older men with prostate cancer

L Medina-Perucha, O Yousaf, Myra Hunter, E A Grunfeld

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    Abstract

    OBJECTIVE: Men's disinclination to seek medical help has been linked to higher rates of morbidity and mortality compared to women. However, previous studies were conducted predominantly with healthy, young, and middle-aged men. We explored the perceived medical barriers to help-seeking in older men with prostate cancer.

    METHOD: 20 men with prostate cancer took part in semistructured interviews, which were analyzed using thematic analysis.

    RESULTS: Three themes were identified related to negative attitudes toward help-seeking: male gender role; fear of the health condition, medical and treatment procedures; and embarrassment as a consequence of medical examinations, communication with health (and nonhealth) professionals, and the disclosure of sexual-related symptoms.

    CONCLUSION: The barriers identified in our study strengthen the evidence for the impact of traditional masculinity on help-seeking in men.


    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)(in press)
    Number of pages22
    JournalJournal of Psychosocial Oncology
    Volume(in press)
    Early online date3 Apr 2017
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 25 Apr 2017

    Bibliographical note

    Publisher Statement - This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Psychosocial Oncology on 3rd April 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/07347332.2017.1312661

    Keywords

    • help-seeking
    • masculinity
    • men
    • prostate cancer
    • thematic analysis

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    Medina-Perucha, L., Yousaf, O., Hunter, M., & Grunfeld, E. A. (2017). Barriers to medical help-seeking among older men with prostate cancer. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, (in press), (in press). https://doi.org/10.1080/07347332.2017.1312661