Title

Experiences, Functioning and Needs of Low-Income African American Mothers of Children With Asthma

Publication Title

Journal of Pediatric Nursing

Publication Date

12-2015

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1016/j.pedn.2015.04.003

Keywords

African American, caregivers, children, asthma, culture beliefs and values

Disciplines

Pediatric Nursing

Abstract

The purpose of this proposed study was to explore experiences, needs and functioning of low-income, African American caregivers of children with asthma in order to better understand symptom management. Method: A qualitative, descriptive design was used. A purposive sampling technique was used to screen 32 caregivers of children with asthma, and 15 caregivers agreed to participate. Results: Three main themes were identified: managing the symptoms; cultural beliefs and values; and culturally competent health care provider. Conclusion: For the caregivers culture disparity is not just about access to health services but instead the healthcare providers' understanding of the complexity of symptoms management.