• Eva I. Doyle PhD, MSEd, CHES,

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    • Eva I. Doyle, is an associate professor in the Health Division of the Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation of Baylor University. She has more than 20 years of experience as a health educator in university and public school settings and has cross-cultural research and health education experience among populations in Brazil, Mexico, and the United States. She earned her PhD in Health Education from the University of Maryland.

  • Mary Ann Faucher CNM, PhD

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    • Mary Ann Faucher, is a graduate of Columbia University in New York City where she received her midwifery education and her Masters Degree in Nursing and Public Health. She is faculty at the Parkland School of Nurse-Midwifery in Dallas, Texas and a doctoral candidate at Texas Women's University in Denton, Texas. Mary Ann is co-editor of this pharmacology home-study issue and has authored several articles that address the pharmacology and pharmacotherapeutics of drugs used to care for women throughout their life span.

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The profession of midwifery can be part of the solution in America's quest for a culturally sensitive and competent health care system. Midwives who are familiar with a variety of health-related cultural beliefs and practice culturally sensitive inquiry, particularly when using pharmaceutical therapies, can effectively understand and respond to the cultural complexities that impact a client's health. This article describes needed cultural competencies, reviews a variety of health-related cultural beliefs, and relates how these beliefs impact the use and acceptability of pharmaceutical therapies. Specific examples related to culturally sensitive inquiry are discussed along with recommendations.