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J Immigr Minor Health. 2013 Oct;15(5):993-1000. doi: 10.1007/s10903-012-9701-8.

Cancer screening at a federally qualified health center: a qualitative study on organizational challenges in the era of the patient-centered medical home.

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  • 1Cancer Prevention Program, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA 98109, USA. jmarting@med.puc.cl

Abstract

Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) serve uninsured and minority populations, who have low cancer screening rates. The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model aims to provide comprehensive preventive services, including cancer screening, to these populations. Little is known about organizational factors influencing the delivery of cancer screening in this context. We conducted 18 semi-structured interviews with clinic personnel at four FQHC clinics in Washington State. All interviews were recorded and transcribed verbatim and analyzed by two bilingual coders to identify salient themes. We found that screening on-site, scheduling separate visits for preventive care, and having non-provider staff recommend and schedule screening services facilitated the delivery of cancer screening. We found work overload to be a barrier to screening. To successfully implement screening strategies within the PCMH model, FQHCs must enhance facilitators and address organizational gaps in their cancer screening processes.

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22878911
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PMC3530661
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10.1007/s10903-012-9701-8
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