Cultural issues in serving minority populations: Emphasis on Mexican Americans and African Americans

B. M. Fishman, L. Bobo, K. Kosub, R. J. Womeodu

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Abstract

Patients' cultural beliefs may affect acceptance of health care, compliance, and treatment outcomes. This article discusses cultural views of health and illness, folk beliefs and customs, cultural barriers to care, and alternative health-care systems, with particular emphasis on Mexican Americans and African Americans, including curanderismo, rootwork, and voodoo. Physicians who wish to provide appropriate and acceptable care in a cross-cultural setting should integrate these beliefs with conventional medicine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)160-166
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of the Medical Sciences
Volume306
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

Keywords

  • African Americans
  • Cross-cultural medicine
  • Hispanics
  • Mexican Americans
  • curanderismo
  • folk medicine
  • physician- patient relations
  • rootwork
  • voodoo

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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