African-American Cancer Survivors’ Use of Religious Beliefs to Positively Influence the Utilization of Cancer Care

Among African-Americans, religion impacts health-seeking behaviors. This qualitative study used criterion purposeful sampling and thematic analysis in analysis of data from 31 African-American cancer patients to understand the influence of religion on the utilization of cancer care services. Our fin...

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Published in:Journal of religion and health
Main Author: Hamilton, Jill B.
Contributors: Galbraith, Kayoll V. (Other) ; Best, Nakia C. (Other) ; Worthy, Valarie C. (Other) ; Moore, L. T. C. Angelo D. (Other)
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Springer Science + Business Media B. V. [2015]
In: Journal of religion and health
Further subjects:B Access to care
B African-American
B Religion
B Survivorship
B Cancer
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Summary:Among African-Americans, religion impacts health-seeking behaviors. This qualitative study used criterion purposeful sampling and thematic analysis in analysis of data from 31 African-American cancer patients to understand the influence of religion on the utilization of cancer care services. Our findings suggest that religious beliefs and practices positively influenced attitudes toward their illness and ability to endure treatment. God’s ability to heal and cure, God’s control over survival, God’s will over their lives, and God’s promise for health and prosperity were examples of survivor’s religious beliefs. Religious practices such as prayer promoted a trusting relationship with healthcare providers and were a source of strength and encouragement.
ISSN:1573-6571
Contains:Enthalten in: Journal of religion and health
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1007/s10943-014-9948-6