Nursing Research Paper on Health Disparities in Ethnic Minorities

Health Disparities in Ethnic Minorities

            People have different reasons that hinder them from accessing the right medical care but one of the outstanding reasons in the 21st century is ethnicity. Some cultural practices do not appreciate the use of medicine to cure diseases; therefore, people from such backgrounds would prefer to use their traditional knowledge in dealing with their health conditions. In other cases, some conditions appear prevalent to a specific group of people may be due to climatic conditions or poor eating habits (Kronenfeld, 2013). In either way, people with low living standards are more prone to health issues as compared to the rich. First, the low class people do not have enough financial ability to get regular medical or health checkups now and then like the rich. That means individuals only go the hospital when the condition is already worse and in some case beyond treatment (Orsi et al., 2010). Terminal diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, and heart diseases can easily be cured if detected early yet they remain to be the main causes of death among many communities. Research indicates that these diseases are more prevalent among the minorities because of one reason or another.

Problem Statement

            The purpose of this paper is to determine the perceptions, beliefs, and attitudes among Hispanics suffering from diabetes type II. Understanding the perception this group of people has towards health can go a long way in reducing the number of diabetes type two among Hispanics. A lot of research and statistics have been conducted in relation to the Hispanic group and health issues such as diabetes two. In fact, there is more information out there about this group of people than any other ethnic group (Kronenfeld, 2014). With all this information, one is only left with one question: what has been done so far to rectify the situation? The answer to that question is nothing, or to be more specific, nothing effective. One of the ways of improving the health of these individuals is by first understanding their values, lifestyles, and beliefs. A clear understanding of these social determinants of health will help in coming up with a solution to the health problems among the Hispanic especially diabetes type 2 (Vega et al., 2009). Therefore, this research seeks to establish how understanding the ethnic disparities of the Hispanic people suffering from diabetes type 2 can help in improving the health of this group as well as achieve health goals.

The PICOT

P- Hispanic people suffering from diabetes type two.

I – Understanding the ethnic disparities and social determinants of health that hinder adherence to           healthcare management.

C- Handling health issues of Hispanic people suffering from diabetes type two just like any other             group of people.

O- Improved healthcare to the Hispanic people suffering from diabetes type two thus achieve the             health goal of a healthy society.

T- 6 months or more.

The Research Question

Does understanding the ethic disparities and social determinants of health that hinder adherence to healthcare management among the Hispanic people suffering from diabetes type two lead to improved healthcare and a healthy society as compared to treating this group as any other individual suffering from diabetes type two.

The research will be carried out within a period of six months to establish how these disparities affect the general health of Hispanics suffering from diabetes two and how these disparities can be used to bring out an ideal solution.

References

Kronenfeld, J. (2013). Social determinants, health disparities, and linkages to health and health     care. Bingley: Emerald.

Kronenfeld, J. (2014). Technology, Communication, Disparities and Government Options in         Health and Health Care Services. Bradford: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Orsi, J., Margellos-Anast, H. & Whitman. (2010). Black-white health disparities in the United      States and Chicago: a 15-year progress analysis. Am J public health, 100(2). Pp 349-356.

Vega, W., Rodriguez, M. & Gruskin, E. (2009). Health disparities in the Latino population.          Oxford journals, 31(1). Pp 99-112.