A community-based approach to translational research addressing breast cancer disparities.

TitleA community-based approach to translational research addressing breast cancer disparities.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsYeary KH-CK, Mason M, Turner J, Kieber-Emmons T, Chow M, Hine JR, Henry-Tillman R, Greene P
JournalTranslational behavioral medicine
Volume1
Issue2
Pagination224-33
Date Published2011 Jun
Abstract

Disparities in breast cancer survival rates suggest that biological processes contribute. Translational research addressing health disparities would benefit from using a community-based participatory approach (CBPR) to examine biological processes commonly seen as the proximal causes of illness as well as behavioral and social-ecological "causes of the causes" within an integrated conceptual framework. This paper describes a CBPR study that explored perceptions regarding breast cancer relevant behaviors, and the application of the study's results to develop translational research. Data from eight focus groups of African American (n = 29) and Caucasian women (n = 27) were analyzed, using the framework of the social-ecological model. Nutrition and physical activity were valued over screening and research participation. Treatment of illness was emphasized over prevention. Women's perspectives are presented within a framework that facilitated the collaborative development of translational research to examine associations among biological, behavioral, and societal processes contributing to disparities.

DOI10.1007/s12011-013-9822-5
Alternate JournalTransl Behav Med