Determinants of mammography screening participation among turkish immigrant women in germany - a qualitative study reflecting key informants' and women's perspectives

Berens E-M, Yilmaz-Aslan Y, Spallek J, Razum O (2016)
European Journal Of Cancer Care 25(1): 38-48.

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Mammography screening programmes aiming to reduce mortality from breast cancer are implemented in most European countries. Immigrant women are less likely to participate than women of the respective autochthonous populations in several European countries but not in Germany. Qualitative, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 16 key informants and 10 Turkish immigrant women aged 50-69 years to analyse the factors influencing their screening participation in Germany. Interviews were analysed using summarising content analysis. The Theory of Planned Behaviour was used for structuring the results. Key informants stated poor German language skills and insufficient knowledge about breast cancer and screening as factors influencing screening participation. Immigrant women demonstrated basic knowledge about screening, but their attitudes towards screening varied. Information from the invitation letter of the screening programme was often filtered by family members. Key informants tended to emphasise barriers and system-related factors while the Turkish women focused more on factors on the individual level. Contrasting both perspectives is helpful for health professionals to critically assess their own views. Measures to improve screening participation need to address not only barriers but also take women's attitudes and norms into account, thus helping women to make an informed decision.
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Berens E-M, Yilmaz-Aslan Y, Spallek J, Razum O. Determinants of mammography screening participation among turkish immigrant women in germany - a qualitative study reflecting key informants' and women's perspectives. European Journal Of Cancer Care. 2016;25(1):38-48.
Berens, E. - M., Yilmaz-Aslan, Y., Spallek, J., & Razum, O. (2016). Determinants of mammography screening participation among turkish immigrant women in germany - a qualitative study reflecting key informants' and women's perspectives. European Journal Of Cancer Care, 25(1), 38-48.
Berens, E. - M., Yilmaz-Aslan, Y., Spallek, J., and Razum, O. (2016). Determinants of mammography screening participation among turkish immigrant women in germany - a qualitative study reflecting key informants' and women's perspectives. European Journal Of Cancer Care 25, 38-48.
Berens, E.-M., et al., 2016. Determinants of mammography screening participation among turkish immigrant women in germany - a qualitative study reflecting key informants' and women's perspectives. European Journal Of Cancer Care, 25(1), p 38-48.
E.-M. Berens, et al., “Determinants of mammography screening participation among turkish immigrant women in germany - a qualitative study reflecting key informants' and women's perspectives”, European Journal Of Cancer Care, vol. 25, 2016, pp. 38-48.
Berens, E.-M., Yilmaz-Aslan, Y., Spallek, J., Razum, O.: Determinants of mammography screening participation among turkish immigrant women in germany - a qualitative study reflecting key informants' and women's perspectives. European Journal Of Cancer Care. 25, 38-48 (2016).
Berens, Eva-Maria, Yilmaz-Aslan, Yüce, Spallek, Jacob, and Razum, Oliver. “Determinants of mammography screening participation among turkish immigrant women in germany - a qualitative study reflecting key informants' and women's perspectives”. European Journal Of Cancer Care 25.1 (2016): 38-48.
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