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Men's perceptions and experiences of the early detection of prostate cancer: A qualitative study using grounded theory approach

Taghipour, A, Vydelingum, V and Faithfull, S (2010) Men's perceptions and experiences of the early detection of prostate cancer: A qualitative study using grounded theory approach European Journal of Scientific Research, 42 (1). pp. 59-70.

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Background and objective: Despite significant progress in prostate cancer research over the last two decades, screening of the disease has remained controversial.From a socio-epidemiological perspective, little is known of patients' beliefs about their illness and why they often delay in seeking diagnosis.The purpose of this qualitative study was to understand the experiences and perceptions of men about the early detection of prostate cancer. Method: This study used a grounded theory approach incorporating the theoretical perspective of social constructionism. A purposive sampling of twelvemen from public and private sector hospitals who had received therapy were interviewed face to face in Persian using a semi-structured interview guide. Interviews were audio taped, then transcribed in full, translated into English by the investigator, and analysed usingMAXqda software. Results: The valuemenaccorded to early detection of prostate cancer was found to be conditional upon their beliefs of prostate illness and their experiences about cure. There was a lack of information about the early detection process. The men felt that medical intervention was focused on the biological aspects, ignoring the needs of the psychosocial concerns. The men were not expecting to have symptoms because of prostate treatment; this influenced their subsequent decision-making. Conclusion: Given men's perceptions and experiences of the illness, screening of prostate cancer seems to have wider implications. The findings suggest that early detection of the disease in Iran may need a screening model that incorporates both biomedical and psychosocial aspects. © EuroJournals Publishing, Inc. 2010.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Taghipour, A
Date : May 2010
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 09:33
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 17:09

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