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Challenges to research in urban community health centers
Preventive and Behavioral Medicine Publications and Presentations
  • Stephenie C. Lemon, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Jane G. Zapka, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Barbara Estabrook, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Evan M. Benjamin, Baystate Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine
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African Americans; Aged; Aged, 80 and over; Colonic Neoplasms; Communication Barriers; Community Health Centers; Female; Health Services Research; Hispanic Americans; Humans; Information Systems; Male; *Mass Screening; Middle Aged; Quality of Health Care; Research Design; *Urban Population

Community health centers (CHCs) are important settings for research aimed at reducing health disparities. However, CHCs pose many challenges to research at patient, provider, and system levels. We summarized lessons learned from a multimethod, formative study to develop intervention strategies for improving colorectal cancer screening in CHCs, and make recommendations for future research. The call for research in "real world" settings such as CHCs must be matched with greater understanding of the challenges, as well as the resources to meet those challenges.

DOI of Published Version
Am J Public Health. 2006 Apr;96(4):626-8. Epub 2006 Jan 31. Link to article on publisher's site
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Citation Information
Stephenie C. Lemon, Jane G. Zapka, Barbara Estabrook and Evan M. Benjamin. "Challenges to research in urban community health centers" Vol. 96 Iss. 4 (2006) ISSN: 0090-0036 (Linking)
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