Stressors influencing middle eastern women's perceptions of the risk of cardiovascular disease: a focus group study

Leila Gholizadeh, Michelle Digiacomo, Yenna Salamonson, Patricia M. Davidson

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Abstract

To better understand Australia-dwelling Middle Eastern women's lack of service utilization in cardiovascular health, we undertook a study to investigate their understandings and meanings of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and its risk factors. Eight focus groups were conducted in community settings with Turkish, Persian, and Arab women. We found that the women understated their risk of CVD, faced many barriers in reducing their risks, and perceived stress as the most significant contributor to CVD. Women described their stress as primarily emanating from issues surrounding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)723-745
Number of pages23
JournalHealth care for women international
Volume32
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions(all)

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