The purpose of this study is to systematically review the current literature on the post-treatment survivorship experiences of African-American men with prostate cancer by exploring qualitative studies to gain a deep understanding of their survivorship experiences.
We searched five databases for studies published from 2008 to 2018. We identified ten relevant qualitative studies, conducted a meta-synthesis using Noblit and Hare's meta-ethnography approach, and evaluated their quality appraisal using the validated Critical Appraisal Skills Program.
This review generated a total of four main themes and nine subthemes. The Four main themes included coping strategy, psychophysical impact, health system influence, and socioeconomic impact. Spirituality, healthy behaviors, supportive care of spouse/family/friends and non-communicating/reticent were subthemes identified in the coping strategy theme; physical well-being and sexuality and masculinity were subthemes in the psychophysical impact theme; healthcare provider interaction and treatment decision-making were subthemes identified in the health system influence theme, and health insurance status was the subtheme in the socioeconomic impact theme.
Our findings reveal that the experiences of African-American prostate cancer survivors are complex and multidimensional.
This review highlights the need for further studies with African-American prostate cancer survivors, precisely identify their needs and plan a culturally appropriate intervention to meet those needs.
Journal of cancer survivorship : research and practice. 2020 Jul 14 [Epub ahead of print]
Florence Osita Okoro, Lixin Song, Beth Auten, Charlene Whitaker-Brown, Judy Cornelius
School of Nursing, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, 28223, USA. ., School of Nursing, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA., J. Murrey Atkins Library, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, USA., School of Nursing, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, 28223, USA.