Let Me Tell You Sister: Seeking Women's Health Care in Deployed Settings

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/202003
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Let Me Tell You Sister: Seeking Women's Health Care in Deployed Settings
Abstract:
(41st Biennial Convention) Military women are regularly deployed to austere settings for war and humanitarian missions. The deployed population consists of 10% women.  Women’s sex-specific health care needs pose a special challenge for women and health care providers in an austere or ship setting where anonymity cannot be guaranteed, self-care supplies are limited, and health care professionals’ lack confidence to care for private gynecological concerns. The purpose of this study was to gain a better understanding of the illness behaviors of deployed military women in regards to their genitourinary (GU) health. Ethnography was used to explore and analyze the data because the military has been described as its own culture. The sample consisted of 43 military women from the US Army, Air Force, and Navy who were either deployed or had been deployed within the past year. The researchers uncovered three themes, which included (1) The Sphere of Control, (2) The Dynamics of Trust, and (3) Life in a Deployed Setting. This study is significant to nursing research because it exposes the influence of culture on GU symptom management. Recommendations from this investigation include: (1) a need for better incremental, pre deployment and in theater education for women and medics; (2) informing leaders about the need to ensure the supply of self-care treatments and women’s feminine hygiene products are available; and (3) promoting the role of family support stateside as a resource for information, supplies, and emotional support. This study was funded by the TriService Nursing Research Program (N08-P03).
Keywords:
Genital Infection; Women's Health; Military Personnel
Repository Posting Date:
11-Jan-2012
Date of Publication:
4-Jan-2012
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleLet Me Tell You Sister: Seeking Women's Health Care in Deployed Settingsen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/202003-
dc.description.abstract(41st Biennial Convention) Military women are regularly deployed to austere settings for war and humanitarian missions. The deployed population consists of 10% women.  Women’s sex-specific health care needs pose a special challenge for women and health care providers in an austere or ship setting where anonymity cannot be guaranteed, self-care supplies are limited, and health care professionals’ lack confidence to care for private gynecological concerns. The purpose of this study was to gain a better understanding of the illness behaviors of deployed military women in regards to their genitourinary (GU) health. Ethnography was used to explore and analyze the data because the military has been described as its own culture. The sample consisted of 43 military women from the US Army, Air Force, and Navy who were either deployed or had been deployed within the past year. The researchers uncovered three themes, which included (1) The Sphere of Control, (2) The Dynamics of Trust, and (3) Life in a Deployed Setting. This study is significant to nursing research because it exposes the influence of culture on GU symptom management. Recommendations from this investigation include: (1) a need for better incremental, pre deployment and in theater education for women and medics; (2) informing leaders about the need to ensure the supply of self-care treatments and women’s feminine hygiene products are available; and (3) promoting the role of family support stateside as a resource for information, supplies, and emotional support. This study was funded by the TriService Nursing Research Program (N08-P03).en_GB
dc.subjectGenital Infectionen_GB
dc.subjectWomen's Healthen_GB
dc.subjectMilitary Personnelen_GB
dc.date.available2012-01-11T11:04:47Z-
dc.date.issued2012-01-04en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-01-11T11:04:47Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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