Health of Dominican Migrants: Review of the Literature and Lessons Learned from Research with Dominican Migrants Living in New York City

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/308095
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Health of Dominican Migrants: Review of the Literature and Lessons Learned from Research with Dominican Migrants Living in New York City
Author(s):
Sobon Sensor, Constance
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Kappa Eta
Author Details:
Constance Sobon Sensor, MSN, RN, CTN-A, connie.sensor@gmail.com
Abstract:

Session presented on: Monday, November 18, 2013

Background/Introduction: Nurses’ limited knowledge of unique cultural health beliefs and practices may present barriers for migrant clients seeking professional healthcare (Aponte, 2009; Caballero, 2007; Carter, Pugh & Monterrosa, 1996; Zsemlik & Fennel, 2005; Zoucha, 1998).  The presenter’s experience providing healthcare in rural areas of the Dominican Republic revealed that the values, beliefs, and practices of Dominicans differ from those of nurses in the United States. Purpose: This presentation aims to raise awareness of the influence of Latino values, beliefs and practices on the healthcare encounter, and to discuss lessons learned from and challenges of doing qualitative research with Dominican migrants in the New York City area.  Methods: Integrated literature review and discussion of qualitative research using focus group interviews to discover Dominican health-related beliefs, practices, and experiences in their new neighborhood. Findings/Results: The prevalence of diabetes and related health issues in the rapidly growing Dominican population is higher in comparison to other Latino populations living in New York City. First generation Dominicans living in northern Manhattan have higher rates of diagnosed diabetes than Mexican Americans (13 vs. 10.4%, respectively); undiagnosed diabetes (3.4 vs. 3.0%); hypertension (30.8 vs. 19.1%); and obesity (58.2 vs. 34.4%) (Getaneh, Michelen & Findley, 2008). The research lessons learned include use of culturally appropriate interpreters, informed consent, and strategies to build trust and recruit participants for the study.  Consideration will be given to taboos, issues of respect, evil eye, protective amulets, machismo, gender roles, personalismo, and familismo with examples from case studies and research-based literature. Communication etiquette and planning appropriate interventions within the context of a Latino magico-religious belief system will be discussed.  Implications: To provide appropriate nursing care and culturally specific risk-reduction interventions to address health disparities such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity among Dominican migrants, nurses must understand health practices of migrant Dominicans.
Keywords:
Qualitative research; Migrant/Latino Health; Health Disparities
Repository Posting Date:
19-Dec-2013
Date of Publication:
19-Dec-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
42nd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriott
Note:
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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleHealth of Dominican Migrants: Review of the Literature and Lessons Learned from Research with Dominican Migrants Living in New York Cityen_GB
dc.contributor.authorSobon Sensor, Constanceen_GB
dc.contributor.departmentKappa Etaen_GB
dc.author.detailsConstance Sobon Sensor, MSN, RN, CTN-A, connie.sensor@gmail.comen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/308095-
dc.description.abstract<p>Session presented on: Monday, November 18, 2013</p><b>Background/Introduction:</b> Nurses’ limited knowledge of unique cultural health beliefs and practices may present barriers for migrant clients seeking professional healthcare (Aponte, 2009; Caballero, 2007; Carter, Pugh & Monterrosa, 1996; Zsemlik & Fennel, 2005; Zoucha, 1998).  The presenter’s experience providing healthcare in rural areas of the Dominican Republic revealed that the values, beliefs, and practices of Dominicans differ from those of nurses in the United States. <b>Purpose:</b> This presentation aims to raise awareness of the influence of Latino values, beliefs and practices on the healthcare encounter, and to discuss lessons learned from and challenges of doing qualitative research with Dominican migrants in the New York City area.  <b>Methods: </b>Integrated literature review and discussion of qualitative research using focus group interviews to discover Dominican health-related beliefs, practices, and experiences in their new neighborhood. <b>Findings/Results: </b>The prevalence of diabetes and related health issues in the rapidly growing Dominican population is higher in comparison to other Latino populations living in New York City. First generation Dominicans living in northern Manhattan have higher rates of diagnosed diabetes than Mexican Americans (13 vs. 10.4%, respectively); undiagnosed diabetes (3.4 vs. 3.0%); hypertension (30.8 vs. 19.1%); and obesity (58.2 vs. 34.4%) (Getaneh, Michelen & Findley, 2008). The research lessons learned include use of culturally appropriate interpreters, informed consent, and strategies to build trust and recruit participants for the study.  Consideration will be given to taboos, issues of respect, evil eye, protective amulets, machismo, gender roles, personalismo, and familismo with examples from case studies and research-based literature. Communication etiquette and planning appropriate interventions within the context of a Latino magico-religious belief system will be discussed.  <b>Implications: </b>To provide appropriate nursing care and culturally specific risk-reduction interventions to address health disparities such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity among Dominican migrants, nurses must understand health practices of migrant Dominicans.en_GB
dc.subjectQualitative researchen_GB
dc.subjectMigrant/Latino Healthen_GB
dc.subjectHealth Disparitiesen_GB
dc.date.available2013-12-19T17:26:50Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12-19-
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-19T17:26:50Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name42nd Biennial Conventionen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.description42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriotten_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.en_GB
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