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Self-Care Among Chronically Ill African Americans: Culture, Health Disparities, and Health Insurance Status

Becker, Gay and Gates, Rahima Jan and Newsom, Edwina (2004) Self-Care Among Chronically Ill African Americans: Culture, Health Disparities, and Health Insurance Status. American Journal of Public Health, 94 (12). pp. 2066-2073. ISSN 0090-0036

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Abstract

Little is known about the self-care practices of chronically ill African Americans or how lack of access to health care affects self-care. Results from a qualitative interview study of 167 African Americans who had one or more chronic illnesses found that self-care practices were culturally based, and the insured reported more extensive programs of self-care. Those who had some form of health insurance much more frequently reported the influence of physicians and health education programs in self-care regimens than did those who were uninsured. It is concluded that the cultural components of self care have been underemphasized, and further, that the potential to maximize chronic illness management through self-care strategies is not realized for those who lack access to health care.


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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: chronic illness; self-care; chronic illness management
Subjects: Health > Health Equity > Access To Healthcare
Health > Disparities
Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases
Research > studies
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Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2008
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2011 10:06
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1026

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