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Monica Peek, MD, MPH. Assistant Professor of Medicine Department of Medicine, General Internal Medicine. Practice Location: University of Chicago Medical Center
5841 S. Maryland Avenue Chicago, IL 60637 Center for Advanced Medicine, 5758 S. Maryland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637
Year Started Practice: 1999, Board Certification: Internal Medicine, Specialties: General Internal Medicine, Medical School: Johns Hopkins University, Internship: Stanford University Hospital, Residency: Stanford University Hospital, Membership: Nat'l Medical Association, Society of Gen. Internal Med. Languages Spoken: English
|Training physicians and caregivers to improve cultural sensitivity and communication with economically disadvantaged African-American patients could influence these women to get mammograms that could save their lives, according to a new study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.|
The study found that many African-American women perceive they are being treated with disrespect and receive inadequate explanations about screenings when they go to health care facilities. These experiences influenced their decisions to skip mammograms. They also fear they won't receive correct treatment so they avoid mammograms altogether, the study adds.
"The issue here is not whether these feelings are founded or unfounded," said study author Monica Peek, MD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine at the Medical Center. "The study gives more direction to health professionals on how they can adapt their treatment styles to encourage this high-risk group of women to get screened."
The findings may help account for the huge disparity between death rates from breast cancer in white versus African-American women.
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