Challenges to research in urban community health centers

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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


Behavioral Disciplines and Activities | Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms | Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Preventive Medicine


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.

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Citation: 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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