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.
PHARMACEUTICAL THERAPY IN MIDWIFERY PRACTICE: A CULTURALLY COMPETENT APPROACH
Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
2002 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health
Volume 47, Issue 3, pages 122–129, May-June 2002
How to Cite
Doyle, E. I. and Faucher, M. A. (2002), PHARMACEUTICAL THERAPY IN MIDWIFERY PRACTICE: A CULTURALLY COMPETENT APPROACH. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health, 47: 122–129. doi: 10.1016/S1526-9523(02)00231-3
- Issue published online: 24 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
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.