The Doctor is Just a Messenger: Beliefs of Ultraorthodox Jewish Women in Regard to Breast Cancer and Screening

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Abstract

Screenings for the early detection of breast cancer greatly improve survival odds. Studies of minority groups have shown lower attendance of screenings; however, these studies seldom focused on religious minorities. This study examines perceptions of cancer and cancer screening among healthy ultraorthodox women in order to gain insight about ways to promote screening. In this qualitative-phenomenological study of two focus groups, three main themes were found: faith in God; the Rabbi as a guide; one's relationship with the community. The study's findings point to the importance of studying the unique needs of members of certain religious groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1075-1090
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Volume53
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2014

Keywords

  • Breast cancer
  • Health beliefs
  • Screening
  • Ultraorthodox women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing (all)
  • Religious studies

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