Delivering culturally sensitive: the perceptions of older Arabian Gulf Arabs concerning religion, health and disease

Ypinazar, Valmae Anne, and Margolis, Stephen Andrew (2006) Delivering culturally sensitive: the perceptions of older Arabian Gulf Arabs concerning religion, health and disease. Qualitative Health Research, 16 (6). pp. 773-787.

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Abstract

Health professionals need to be cognizant of the varying perceptions of health shared by people from different religious, sociocultural, and linguistic backgrounds to deliver culturally sensitive health care. In this qualitative study, the authors used semi-structured interviews to provide insight into how 10 older Arabian Gulf Muslim persons understand and perceive health and illness with emphasis on the role of Islam in formulating health behaviors. Participants’ views were strongly influenced by their religious convictions. Good health was equated with the absence of visible disease, with participants demonstrating limited understanding of silent or insidious disease. They attended doctors for treatment of visible disease rather than seeking preventive health care for diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, and hyperlipidemia. Building on the results from this study could help inform both health service planners and providers to improve the appropriateness, relevancy, and effectiveness of aged care services for these individuals.

Item ID: 9463
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1552-7557
Keywords: Arabs; elderly; health beliefs; Islam; perceptions
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2010 04:09
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950499 Religion and Ethics not elsewhere classified @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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