Defense Date

11-15-2005

Graduation Date

2005

Availability

Immediate Access

Submission Type

dissertation

Degree Name

PhD

Department

Nursing

School

School of Nursing

Committee Chair

Rick Zoucha

Committee Member

Carl Ross

Committee Member

Marilyn McFarland

Keywords

Culturally Congruent Care, Culture Care Theory, Ethnonursing, Implications to Nursing, Nursing Care Actions, Syrian Muslims

Abstract

The purpose of this ethnonursing study was to discover the generic and professional health care beliefs, expressions, and practices of Syrian Muslims living in the Midwestern United States and to describe the influence of worldview, cultural context, and social structure, such as technological, religious, political, educational, and economical factors on their folk care beliefs and practices. Leininger's Culture Care Theory was used as an orientational framework for this study. Ten key and twenty general informants participated in this study. Several qualitative enablers were used to assist with the collection and analysis of data. QSR NUD*IST 4, a qualitative research software program, was used to assist with data analysis. Extensive analysis of audio taped interviews and the researcher's observations and participation experiences revealed numerous data categories and fourteen patterns from which four main themes were discovered. The findings from this study assisted in the identification of nursing care actions and decisions to provide Syrian Muslims with culturally congruent care. Implications for nursing theory, education, practice, and research were offered as well as considerations for future research.

Format

PDF

Language

English

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