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July 6, 1994

Cancer: Beliefs and Attitudes of Migrant Latinos-Reply

Author Affiliations

University of California—San Francisco

JAMA. 1994;272(1):32. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03520010041027

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In Reply.  —The results reported by Drs Lantz and Reding concerning Latino farmworkers support our findings from an urban working and middle-class Latino population. The greater misconceptions about cancer among migrant farmworkers would imply that educational attainment and level of acculturation have an important influence. To further evaluate the results shown, we would suggest that differences be calculated in confidence intervals (CIs) generated as in our original manuscript. Because of the smaller sample size of Latino farmworkers in Wisconsin, broader CIs are likely to be present. While these would appear to be significant compared with the San Francisco Bay Area Anglos, they may not be as dramatic when compared with the urban Latinos. In addition, a multivariate analysis to adjust for the educational attainment and level of acculturation would help interpret these results. We would agree that Latinos of different backgrounds can be targeted with a culturally appropriate cancer education

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