Using specific health models, this study gathered information on the knowledge of college employees regarding CRC issues and perceived benefits of and barriers to CRC screening. Two hundred and thirty (N=230) faculty and staff (40 years of age and over) from a Northeastern College completed an electronic survey. Most of the participants (70%) believed that they were in very good or excellent health. Thirty-nine percent of the participants had not had a CRC screening test. For those who never had CRC screening (65%) as well as those who already had CRC screening (89%) the top perceived barrier was, “procrastination.” The ANOVA test demonstrated that people’s status such as "knew someone with CRC" and "intentions about CRC screening," had a medium effect on most of the dependent variables such as their perceived benefits and barriers to CRC screening, the knowledge of CRC and CRC screening issues. Approximately fifty-eight percent expressed their interest in attending workshops that focus on CRC prevention strategies, fifty percent on nutrition education, and about thirty percent on the information about CRC screening. Based on these findings, a series of CRC prevention programs can be developed for college employees.
|Keywords:||Colorectal Cancer (CRC), Screening, Intention to Screening, Perceived Barriers|
Professor, Health Promotion & Physical Education, Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York, USA