Introduction: Although Latinos represent the largest minority group, their health needs continue to be poorly understood, especially regarding Latino men. The purpose of this study was to assess perceptions of chronic illnesses and preventing behaviors among Latino men residing in Pennsylvania. Method: Qualitative in-depth interviews were conducted with 30 men, older than 40 years. Results: Findings from the content analysis were that several factors influenced these men, including their perceptions about the severity of chronic illnesses, their level of concerns, views about health and prevention, and when to go to see a primary care provider. In addition, cultural factors such as family, machismo, lack of preventive culture, religious beliefs, present time orientation, and sympathy and respect influence whether these men engage in preventive behaviors. Most men would like to receive information about chronic illnesses, risk factors, and screenings. Conclusion: The results provide some insight into the perceptions about chronic illnesses, health screening, and preventive behaviors, and could help in the development of a health promotion and disease prevention programs targeting Latino men.
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