“Treat Me like Your Family”: Positive Factors that Influence Patient-Provider Relationships for Native American Women

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Abstract

Although extensive documentation of the health disparities experienced by Native American peoples exists, little research explores experiences of members of non-federally recognized tribes who receive health care outside of the Indian Health Services (IHS) system. Additionally, positive factors that influence relationships between health care providers and tribal members are understudied and are needed to promote health care access. A qualitative descriptive methodologic approach was used to conduct semi structured life history interviews with 31 women who identified as members of a state-recognized, Gulf South Native American tribe. Results identified the following important themes: Do Participants Have a Regular Provider, Personal Relationship With Provider, Feel Provider Cares, Provider Addresses Concern, and Respect for Traditional or Holistic Medicine. These findings suggest health care providers play an important role in impacting the health care experiences of Native American tribal members. Implications for trainings for health care providers are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-234
Number of pages14
JournalSocial Work in Public Health
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023

Keywords

  • Native American
  • healthcare
  • provider relationships
  • Health Promotion
  • United States Indian Health Service
  • United States
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Humans
  • Female
  • Indians, North American
  • Qualitative Research
  • American Indian or Alaska Native

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