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How does health information influence African American men's health behavior?

Griffith DM, Ellis KR, Ober Allen J
Am J Mens Health. 2012 6 (2): 156-63

PMID: 22178902 · DOI:10.1177/1557988311426910

Few researchers have examined where African American men obtain, process, and use health information. A thematic analysis of data from eighteen exploratory focus groups conducted with 154 urban African American men aged 32 years and older revealed that men received health information from a variety of sources, including health professionals, media, and members of their social networks. At times, information raised their awareness of health issues, but trust in the source of the information influenced how this information was perceived. Medical professionals were the most common source of health information, but family members were the most trusted source of health information. Health problems and social support increased men's motivation to use health information in order to improve their health and healthy behaviors. These findings illustrate that it is critical to identify factors that influence what information men choose to believe and follow or decide to ignore.

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Adult African Americans Consumer Health Information Cultural Characteristics Focus Groups Health Behavior Humans Male Men's Health Middle Aged Needs Assessment Patient Acceptance of Health Care Qualitative Research Socioeconomic Factors United States Urban Population

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