Contextualizing the survivorship experiences of haitian immigrant women with breast cancer: Opportunities for health promotion

Erin Kobetz, Janelle Menard, Noella Dietz, Gabrielle Hazan, Hosanna Soler-Vila, Suzanne C Lechner, Joshua Diem, Pascale Auguste

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

4 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Purpose/Objectives: To examine challenges faced by Haitian immigrant women managing a breast cancer diagnosis. Research Approach: Trained community health workers conducted focus groups with Haitian women who were breast cancer survivors. A grounded theory approach guided analysis of transcripts. Setting: A large community-based organization in Miami, FL. Participants: 18 women took part in three focus groups. Participants were 40 years or older, were ethnically Haitian, and had been diagnosed with breast cancer 6-12 months prior to the study. Methodologic Approach: Data were collected as part of an ongoing community-based participatory research initiative in Little Haiti, the largest enclave of Haitian settlement in Miami, FL. Community health workers, integral to the initiative, recruited participants through their extensive social networks and community contacts. Main Research Variables: Screening knowledge, illness beliefs, social and economic consequences of a breast cancer diagnosis, and advice for breast health education. Findings: Emergent themes suggest that Haitian breast cancer survivors face multiple challenges, including misperceptions about screening guidelines, disease etiology, and risk; a reduced capacity to earn a living because of physical debility; and diminished social support. Conclusions: Future research must continue to examine the impact of breast cancer on Haitian immigrant women and identify key strategies, such as community outreach and support programs, to improve their quality of life. Interpretation: Nurses can play an essential role in such strategies by providing culturally relevant clinical care and partnering with community stakeholders to define the scope and focus of public health intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)555-560
Number of pages6
JournalOncology Nursing Forum
Volume38
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2011

Fingerprint

Health Promotion
Survival Rate
Breast Neoplasms
Focus Groups
Social Support
Survivors
Community-Based Participatory Research
Community-Institutional Relations
Haiti
Health Education
Research
Breast
Public Health
Nurses
Economics
Quality of Life
Organizations
Guidelines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology(nursing)

Cite this

Kobetz, E., Menard, J., Dietz, N., Hazan, G., Soler-Vila, H., Lechner, S. C., ... Auguste, P. (2011). Contextualizing the survivorship experiences of haitian immigrant women with breast cancer: Opportunities for health promotion. Oncology Nursing Forum, 38(5), 555-560.

Contextualizing the survivorship experiences of haitian immigrant women with breast cancer : Opportunities for health promotion. / Kobetz, Erin; Menard, Janelle; Dietz, Noella; Hazan, Gabrielle; Soler-Vila, Hosanna; Lechner, Suzanne C; Diem, Joshua; Auguste, Pascale.

In: Oncology Nursing Forum, Vol. 38, No. 5, 01.09.2011, p. 555-560.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Kobetz, E, Menard, J, Dietz, N, Hazan, G, Soler-Vila, H, Lechner, SC, Diem, J & Auguste, P 2011, 'Contextualizing the survivorship experiences of haitian immigrant women with breast cancer: Opportunities for health promotion', Oncology Nursing Forum, vol. 38, no. 5, pp. 555-560.
Kobetz, Erin ; Menard, Janelle ; Dietz, Noella ; Hazan, Gabrielle ; Soler-Vila, Hosanna ; Lechner, Suzanne C ; Diem, Joshua ; Auguste, Pascale. / Contextualizing the survivorship experiences of haitian immigrant women with breast cancer : Opportunities for health promotion. In: Oncology Nursing Forum. 2011 ; Vol. 38, No. 5. pp. 555-560.
@article{9288fd888eef4cc7ad85ee7c92bdef7c,
title = "Contextualizing the survivorship experiences of haitian immigrant women with breast cancer: Opportunities for health promotion",
abstract = "Purpose/Objectives: To examine challenges faced by Haitian immigrant women managing a breast cancer diagnosis. Research Approach: Trained community health workers conducted focus groups with Haitian women who were breast cancer survivors. A grounded theory approach guided analysis of transcripts. Setting: A large community-based organization in Miami, FL. Participants: 18 women took part in three focus groups. Participants were 40 years or older, were ethnically Haitian, and had been diagnosed with breast cancer 6-12 months prior to the study. Methodologic Approach: Data were collected as part of an ongoing community-based participatory research initiative in Little Haiti, the largest enclave of Haitian settlement in Miami, FL. Community health workers, integral to the initiative, recruited participants through their extensive social networks and community contacts. Main Research Variables: Screening knowledge, illness beliefs, social and economic consequences of a breast cancer diagnosis, and advice for breast health education. Findings: Emergent themes suggest that Haitian breast cancer survivors face multiple challenges, including misperceptions about screening guidelines, disease etiology, and risk; a reduced capacity to earn a living because of physical debility; and diminished social support. Conclusions: Future research must continue to examine the impact of breast cancer on Haitian immigrant women and identify key strategies, such as community outreach and support programs, to improve their quality of life. Interpretation: Nurses can play an essential role in such strategies by providing culturally relevant clinical care and partnering with community stakeholders to define the scope and focus of public health intervention.",
author = "Erin Kobetz and Janelle Menard and Noella Dietz and Gabrielle Hazan and Hosanna Soler-Vila and Lechner, {Suzanne C} and Joshua Diem and Pascale Auguste",
year = "2011",
month = "9",
day = "1",
language = "English",
volume = "38",
pages = "555--560",
journal = "Oncology Nursing Forum",
issn = "0190-535X",
publisher = "Oncology Nursing Society",
number = "5",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Contextualizing the survivorship experiences of haitian immigrant women with breast cancer

T2 - Opportunities for health promotion

AU - Kobetz, Erin

AU - Menard, Janelle

AU - Dietz, Noella

AU - Hazan, Gabrielle

AU - Soler-Vila, Hosanna

AU - Lechner, Suzanne C

AU - Diem, Joshua

AU - Auguste, Pascale

PY - 2011/9/1

Y1 - 2011/9/1

N2 - Purpose/Objectives: To examine challenges faced by Haitian immigrant women managing a breast cancer diagnosis. Research Approach: Trained community health workers conducted focus groups with Haitian women who were breast cancer survivors. A grounded theory approach guided analysis of transcripts. Setting: A large community-based organization in Miami, FL. Participants: 18 women took part in three focus groups. Participants were 40 years or older, were ethnically Haitian, and had been diagnosed with breast cancer 6-12 months prior to the study. Methodologic Approach: Data were collected as part of an ongoing community-based participatory research initiative in Little Haiti, the largest enclave of Haitian settlement in Miami, FL. Community health workers, integral to the initiative, recruited participants through their extensive social networks and community contacts. Main Research Variables: Screening knowledge, illness beliefs, social and economic consequences of a breast cancer diagnosis, and advice for breast health education. Findings: Emergent themes suggest that Haitian breast cancer survivors face multiple challenges, including misperceptions about screening guidelines, disease etiology, and risk; a reduced capacity to earn a living because of physical debility; and diminished social support. Conclusions: Future research must continue to examine the impact of breast cancer on Haitian immigrant women and identify key strategies, such as community outreach and support programs, to improve their quality of life. Interpretation: Nurses can play an essential role in such strategies by providing culturally relevant clinical care and partnering with community stakeholders to define the scope and focus of public health intervention.

AB - Purpose/Objectives: To examine challenges faced by Haitian immigrant women managing a breast cancer diagnosis. Research Approach: Trained community health workers conducted focus groups with Haitian women who were breast cancer survivors. A grounded theory approach guided analysis of transcripts. Setting: A large community-based organization in Miami, FL. Participants: 18 women took part in three focus groups. Participants were 40 years or older, were ethnically Haitian, and had been diagnosed with breast cancer 6-12 months prior to the study. Methodologic Approach: Data were collected as part of an ongoing community-based participatory research initiative in Little Haiti, the largest enclave of Haitian settlement in Miami, FL. Community health workers, integral to the initiative, recruited participants through their extensive social networks and community contacts. Main Research Variables: Screening knowledge, illness beliefs, social and economic consequences of a breast cancer diagnosis, and advice for breast health education. Findings: Emergent themes suggest that Haitian breast cancer survivors face multiple challenges, including misperceptions about screening guidelines, disease etiology, and risk; a reduced capacity to earn a living because of physical debility; and diminished social support. Conclusions: Future research must continue to examine the impact of breast cancer on Haitian immigrant women and identify key strategies, such as community outreach and support programs, to improve their quality of life. Interpretation: Nurses can play an essential role in such strategies by providing culturally relevant clinical care and partnering with community stakeholders to define the scope and focus of public health intervention.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=80052306709&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=80052306709&partnerID=8YFLogxK

M3 - Article

C2 - 21875842

AN - SCOPUS:80052306709

VL - 38

SP - 555

EP - 560

JO - Oncology Nursing Forum

JF - Oncology Nursing Forum

SN - 0190-535X

IS - 5

ER -