Term Paper: Mexican-Americans' Perceptions of Culturally Competent

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[. . .] Again, not enough information is provided on the main issue, while the extraneous factors are allowed to function as bolstering fluff. In short, Warda's philosophical stance for constructing the theoretical/conceptual framework as it relates to these issues is flimsy at best, and again, detracts from the main research question. After all, although it is a given that the philosophy of health care includes a model where the patient will always have his or her needs met, based on the best knowledge available, the very validity and usefulness of the research at hand is jeopardized by the unresolved problem posed by the "personal barrier" issue.

In spite of the problems presented by the personal barrier component in the theoretical schema, the examples and data presented from the actual study group is, indeed, useful. However, one does wonder what such a limited study can offer that an in depth anthropological work on Mexican/Hispanic culture cannot. Be that as it may, the study does conclude that "health care providers need to take into account the personal, cultural and environmental context when providing care to Mexican-Americans." Further, the author herself asserts that the project is significant because the theoretical schema in question cannot only help nurses understand how "demographics, cultural, and cognitive factors shape the health beliefs and practices of Mexican-Americans," but that the schema can be used for "other disenfranchised populations, for example, the homeless (207)." further consideration in evaluating Warda's research is her methodology -- specifically the appropriateness of its design, its ability to address the purpose of the research, the description of data collection, the proposed approach process, and the level to which that process is adhered to in the study.

The design of the study was developed using "focus groups" specifically chosen and compiled under consideration of the factors of health care experience, age distribution, language, and group interaction (supposedly, a contributing factor to greater insight) (206). Further the groups were divided by sex, to avoid any problems as a result of "machismo," as well as by patient vs. nurses. The reason for this division is an attempt to limit the amount of self-censorship the participants exhibit (206). As such, especially because the groups contain representatives of both sexes, varied ages, as well as patients and nurses, the study is particularly designed to address the stated goal of understanding the specific cultural characteristics essential in the establishment of an "enabling" experience.

The data in the study was collected from both oral information recorded from the focus groups, as well as from descriptive responses from a demographic questionnaire and the Short Acculturation Scale (207). In addition, the proposed method for the conduction of the focus groups -- the division of sex, professional/patient, and demographic representation, were all adhered to, indicating a high probability of the relative validity of the data collected.

Finally, it is important to note that the sample population was appropriate to inform the research -- especially in that the participants were chosen from a wide age demographic (over the age if 18, with a mean of 38) (207), and that the appropriate consent was obtained from both the subjects (in the form of a waver), and the sponsoring university (207). In this way, the rights of the subjects were protected.

In conclusion, the journal article "Mexican-American's Perceptions of Culturally Competent Care," is an extremely useful start in answering the research question concerning the specific cultural characteristics that must be considered in providing sound health care to Mexican-Americans. However, there remains the problem of the author's meandering literature review, the contributing influence of the "personal barrier," and the rather strange reference to the usefulness of the theoretical schema to other "disenfranchised populations." After all, the stated research question is one of cultural influences, not economic or social differences and barriers. Indeed, Warda does make a solid case for the necessity of the research. However to narrow the focus of the study onto the research question at hand would be far more effective in the end.

References

Hughes, J. (1994) The Philosophy of Social Research.… [END OF PREVIEW]

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