7/7/2014 - Recipient of 2014 Dissertation of the Year Award is Dr. Anta Moore

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA, July 7, 2014 – Northcentral University (NCU), a global online graduate school, recently announced that Dr. Anta Moore is the recipient of the University’s 2014 Dissertation of the Year award. Moore received her Doctor of Business Administration in Health Care Administration this year. She completed her Master of Science in Nursing with honors at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, and holds a certification as a family nurse practitioner from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Moore’s dissertation was entitled “Experiences of African American Women Declining or Delaying Breast Cancer Surgery: A Phenomenological Study.” Her study was based on research that found that despite having a lower incidence of Breast Cancer than Caucasian women, African American Women were more likely to die from breast cancer than Caucasian Women.  African American women were also twice as likely to choose to delay or decline breast cancer surgery compared to Caucasian women even when adjusted for socioeconomic factors. 

Moore’s study revealed that the following perceived factors may have influenced African American women’s decisions to delay or decline breast cancer surgery:

  • Being overwhelmed at the time of diagnosis;
  • Worried about surgery side effects and physical appearance (many didn’t know about breast reconstruction at the time they were diagnosed);
  • Lack of communication with their health care provider; and
  • Mistrust in the healthcare system.  

The study also revealed factors perceived by the women as most important in the success of breast cancer surgical treatment for African American women, including:

  • The positive role of survivorship programs;
  • Counseling at diagnosis and during treatment; and
  • Increased breast cancer awareness. 

The findings from this study have significant potential use in research and practice.  

Dissertation of the Year submissions are judged based on several criteria including: whether the knowledge derived in the research is incremental (D.B.A, Ed.D.) or revelatory (Ph.D.); the extent that the research generates knowledge that is of either scientific value or practical value; and if the work is grounded in a larger body of theory or research. 

Moore is a well-known patient advocate and clinical leader. Her research interests include: wellness, health promotion, health disparities, and health care cost containment. She believes in empowering patients by delivering education and health care that enhances wellness and quality of life. Her commitment to excellence in scholarship and practice is evident in her outstanding academic and professional achievements. She was born in Dakar, Senegal, and is fluent in both English and French. 

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