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Influence of culture and discrimination on care-seeking behavior of elderly African Americans: a qualitative study

TitleInfluence of culture and discrimination on care-seeking behavior of elderly African Americans: a qualitative study
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsMartin, SS, Trask, J, Peterson, T, Martin, BC, Baldwin, J, Knapp, M
JournalSoc Work Public HealthSoc Work Public Health
Volume25
Pagination311-26
Date PublishedMay
ISBN Number1937-190X (Electronic)<br/>1937-190X (Linking)
Accession Number20446178
KeywordsAfrican Americans/ ethnology/psychology, Aged, Aged, 80 and Over, Alabama/ethnology, Culture, Female, Health Behavior/ethnology, Health Services for the Aged/utilization, Humans, Interviews as Topic, Male, Middle Aged, Patient Acceptance of Health Care/ ethnology/psychology, Prejudice, Qualitative Research, Spirituality, Trust
AbstractIn this study, the influence of culture and discrimination on care-seeking behavior of elderly African Americans was explored. This was a qualitative phenomenological study that involved in-depth interviews with 15 African American men and women aged 60 and older in Alabama. The sample size of 15 was adequate for the phenomenological method of this study. While this was a small exploratory study and was not intended for any generalizations, it did provide a unique opportunity to hear the voices, the concerns, and the stories of elderly African Americans, which have often been overlooked in the literature. The following themes emerged from the analysis of data: (1) perception of health as ability to be active, (2) reluctance toward prescription medicine use, (3) lack of trust in doctors, (4) avoidance of bad news, (5) race of doctors, (6) use of home remedies, and (7) importance of God and spirituality on health, illness, and healing.
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