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Critique Of Culturally Targeted Intervention To Increase Colorectal Health In African Americans

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The study, Culturally Targeted Educational Intervention to Increase Colorectal Health Awareness among African Americans, completed by Phyllis Morgan, Joshua Fogel, Indira Tyler, and John Jones, attempts to quantify the influence that culturally centered colorectal education has on the number of African Americans who receive screening for colorectal cancer. The researchers used surveys as well as a post card confirmation of colonoscopy screening from physician. The control and the immediate intervention group both received the American Cancer Society materials, while only the immediate intervention group received a 90 minute interactive presentation about colon cancer, as well as biblical scripture passages regarding health before the posttest questionnaire. These methods determined that the culturally educated (immediate intervention) population was more likely to have less sense of fatalism, as well as more likely to receive a screening for colon cancer. In this authors opinion some of the methods used by the research team may have inaccurately swayed the results of the study away from the control group, enabling the immediate intervention group to have a higher return of colonoscopy post cards. This author also found the format in which the study was delivered to be slightly ambiguous in their description of methods as well as the conclusion derived from the data.
The control group as well as the immediate intervention group received monetary rewards for their participation in the study, as well as a reward if they received a screening. This studies task was to determine if the culturally specific colorectal education would escalate the number of African Americans who received screening, this author believes that introducing a financial incentive for the participant to receive colorectal cancer screening can sway the population to receive screening who otherwise may have not. This author believes that the reward system takes away from the ethical consideration for autonomy of the participant. The prospect of compensation can change a persons experience; such as make something that could have...

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