Implementing breast and cervical cancer prevention programs among the Houma Indians of Southern Louisiana: Cultural and ethical considerations

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This paper provides an overview of the ethical and cultural issues that were taken into account in planning a cross-cultural study of barriers to breast and cervical cancer screening among Houma Indian women who reside in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. In such cross-cultural studies, the investigators and members of the target population are from different cultural backgrounds. In planning the study, ethical principles and cultural norms were carefully specified to ensure that the welfare of the participants would be protected and potential benefits maximized. This experience with the Houma Indian Nation illustrates the need for greater participation of research subjects in the planning and implementation of studies on their behalf. An ethical, culturally sensitive approach to cancer control research is needed to address the health concerns of Native American populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-41
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998
Externally publishedYes



  • Breast cancer
  • Cancer prevention and control
  • Cervical cancer
  • Cultural characteristics
  • Ethics
  • Indians
  • Native Americans
  • North American
  • Social justice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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