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J Transcult Nurs. 2008 Jan;19(1):83-91. doi: 10.1177/1043659607309144.

Health disparities and health-seeking behavior among Latino men: a review of the literature.

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  • 1School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, Department of Nursing, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, USA.


Many studies examining Latino health-seeking behavior have focused on comparing Latinos with other ethnic groups, primarily with Whites and African Americans. However, without the benefit of intragroup or intracultural comparisons, such studies fail to identify the subtle variation in health-seeking strategies and the range of needs within the Latino ethnic group, and thus are compromised in their capacity to guide and improve practice and policy. This article reviews the literature regarding health-seeking behavior and Latino men. Important factors identified include gender, occupation, and responsiveness of the health care system along with characteristics of the individual.

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