Cultural Assessment of Mexican-Americans in the Healthcare Setting
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The paper discusses how the religious and cultural beliefs of Mexican-Americans regarding health and illness can pose a barrier to this ethnic group seeking proper medical care. The paper reveals that the hypertension rate is highest among Mexican American men, since they are seen as weak if they give in to ailments or complain of aches and pains, and also discusses how poverty, language barriers and education can limit access to healthcare and prevent women from accessing the proper prenatal care while pregnant. The paper explains how the cultural assessment tool used on this group of people would be the cultural development model, and argues that nurses and other healthcare professionals must find ways to break down the barriers so that this group can have access to quality healthcare.
From the Paper:"According to the 2000 United States Census Bureau, Mexican Americans make up at least 10% of the United States population. Many were born in the United States and others have gained American citizenship. The Mexican culture is unique in that its citizens have been able to successfully assimilate into American culture while maintaining their rich, cultural heritage. As with any other culture, Mexicans hold on to not only their culture, but also their religious views as well as their beliefs. When dealing with Mexican Americans in a healthcare setting, nurses should familiarize themselves with the culture and beliefs of this group so that they can provide the best possible healthcare while remaining unbiased.
"Many Mexican-Americans have low incomes which makes it difficult to gain access to quality healthcare like their middle-class and wealthier counterparts. Education can be a problem also, especially if Spanish is the language that is spoken in the home. This presents problems for the children because education in the United States in taught in English. English as a Second Language (ESL) is now taught in many schools across the nation to give Mexicans and other native Spanish speaking children the advantage of gaining access to a quality education through grade school, high school and beyond. Once these children learn to speak, read and understand English at an acceptable level, they can perhaps assist any older members of their family by serving as translators during healthcare situations."
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