The purpose of this study was to examine whether patient perceived healthcare professional empathy impacts continuity of cancer screening care among non-Latino white (Anglo) and Latin American (Latino) women after perceiving health care mistreatment. A total of 225 Latino and Anglo women responded to a newly developed patient perceived healthcare professional empathy scale and a measure of continuity of cancer screening care. After controlling for covariates, empathy was found to vary significantly by ethnicity, with Latino women reporting higher patient perceived empathy than Anglo women. For both ethnic groups, higher patient perceived healthcare professional empathy was associated with greater continuity of cancer screening care. Findings are expected to guide future research and inform interventions designed to increase cancer screening and continuity of care among Anglo and Latino women.
School of Behavioral Health
Flynn, Patricia M.
Herbozo, Sylvia M.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
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Library of Congress/MESH Subject Headings
Early Detection of Cancer; Mass Screening; Continuity of Patient Care; Attitude of Health Personnel; Empathy; Attitude to Health; Minority Groups; Hispanic Americans; Psychology
Subject - Local
Healthcare Professional Empathy; Cancer Screening Continuity; Health Care Mistreatment; Latino Women; Anglo Women
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Amador, Jael Aniuska, "Perceived Empathy and Continuity of Cancer Screening Care Among Latino and Anglo Women" (2014). Loma Linda University Electronic Theses, Dissertations & Projects. Paper 202.
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