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An Exploration of Hmong Women's Perspectives on Cancer

TitleAn Exploration of Hmong Women's Perspectives on Cancer
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsBaisch, MJ, Vang, PC, Peterman, BR
JournalAsian Nurs Res (Korean Soc Nurs Sci)Asian Nurs Res (Korean Soc Nurs Sci)
Date PublishedJun
ISBN Number1976-1317 (Print)<br/>1976-1317 (Linking)
Accession Number25031241
AbstractPURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to explore the perspectives of Hmong women on cancer, using focus groups as the research method. METHODS: Two focus group interviews were conducted and the narrative data were analyzed using thematic content analysis. RESULTS: Themes that emerged from the focus group discussions included "fatalistic and 'black and white' thinking", "valuing rumors rather than scientific information", "strong adherence to traditional medicine", "male leaders controlling health care decisions", "embarrassment discussing women's bodies", and "preferred strategies in addressing cancer". CONCLUSION: Many Hmong people in the United States believe that both traditional and Western health care practices are effective, but when health professionals do not address differences in language, communication, and beliefs about health, trust between the provider and client may erode. The findings of this study provide new insight into the importance of cultural accommodation to improve early cancer detection in the Hmong community.
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