Examining the Impact of Latino Nativity, Migration, and Acculturation Factors on Colonoscopy Screening

Rosario Costas-Muñiz, Lina Jandorf, Errol Philip, Noah Cohen, Cristina Villagra, Pathu Sriphanlop, Elizabeth Schofield, Katherine DuHamel

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Latinos are a diverse population comprised of multiple countries of origin with varying cultural profiles. This study examines differences in colonoscopy completion across place of birth and migration-related factors in a sample of predominantly Dominican and Puerto Rican Latinos living in New York City after receiving a recommendation for colonoscopy screening and navigation services. The sample included 702 Latinos recruited for two cancer screening projects targeting Latinos eligible for colonoscopy who seek healthcare in New York City. Participants completed a survey that included sociodemographic, health-related questions, psychosocial assessments and cancer screening practices, in Spanish or English. Migration, acculturation, and language factors were found to predict colonoscopy completion. The results indicated that Latinos born in the Dominican Republic and Central America were more likely to complete a screening colonoscopy than their counterparts born in the US. Further, those who emigrated at an older age, who have resided in the US for less than 20 years, preferred Spanish and those with lower US acculturation levels were also more likely to complete a screening colonoscopy. The findings suggest that Latinos who are less acculturated to the US are more likely to complete a screening colonoscopy after receiving a physician recommendation for colonoscopy screening. The results provide important information that can inform clinical practice and public health interventions. Continued attention to cultural and migration influences are important areas for cancer screening intervention development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)903-909
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Community Health
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2016


  • Adherence
  • Cancer screening
  • Colonoscopy
  • Immigrant Health
  • Latinos


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