African-American perceptions of health disparities: a qualitative analysis.

Jennifer J. Hatzfeld, Crystal Cody-Connor, Von Best Whitaker, Fannie Gaston-Johansson

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Abstract

Health disparities, particularly in African-Americans, have been identified in a variety of settings. A secondary qualitative analysis of focus group data sought to describe African-American's perceptions of health disparities. Using an interpretive descriptive approach, three main levels of interaction within the health-care setting were identified that contained barriers to receiving the best possible care. The issue of finances was the major barrier that involved the insurance company, while racism, attitude, setting, and waiting were the major obstacles involved in the interaction in the health-care facility. The barriers present during the interaction with a personal provider were racism, a language barrier, and being rushed. Additionally, five ideals for patient-provider interaction were identified, as well as three approaches that the participants used to address the barriers within the health-care setting. A broad framework was developed incorporating these major themes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-41
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of National Black Nurses' Association : JNBNA
Volume19
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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