ERIC Number: ED082898
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Jan
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Handbook for Public Health Nurses Working with Spanish-Americans.
Community Health Service (DHEW/PHS), Bethesda, MD.
Prepared for the use of public health nurses working with rural Spanish Americans in northern New Mexico, this handbook presents information and suggestions, in outline form, to aid these nurses in communicating with their patients with better understanding and cooperation. The handbook is based on the findings of a study conducted between September 1958 and July 1963 in Health District #1 of northern New Mexico. The study's purpose was to observe whether the quality of communication between nurse and patient and the degree of cooperation obtained from patients varied with the following 4 factors: (1) the setting in which the contact took place; (2) attributes of patients such as age, sex, language facility, and education; (3) nurse performance variables such as language used, length of the interview, and use of visual aids or written materials; and (4) discourse variables such as use of complete, appropriate arguments and "adequate" explanations. Topics discussed in the handbook include: the patients; health beliefs and linkage; sickness; respiratory, children, and traditional diseases; treatment; traditional practitioners and their areas of competence and interests; first visit; use of an interpreter; arguments; explanations; folk attitudes relevant to public health; and general rules. (NQ)
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Authoring Institution: Community Health Service (DHEW/PHS), Bethesda, MD.