Dominican, Hispanic, folk medicine, machismo, ethnonursing


Purpose: This ethnonursing study explored the meanings, beliefs, and practices of care for rural Dominicans in the Dominican Republic. Design: Leininger’s culture care diversity and universality theory, ethnonursing, and four-phase analysis method guided the study. Interviews were conducted with 19 general and 10 key informants. Findings: Analysis of interviews revealed three main themes: (a) family presence is essential for meaningful care experiences and care practices, (b) respect and attention are central to the meaning of care and care practices, and (c) rural Dominicans value and use both generic (folk) and professional care practices. Discussion and Conclusion: Implications and recommendations for nursing practice, education, and research are described.


Original Citation: Schumacher, Gretchen. "Culture Care Meanings, Beliefs, and Practices in Rural Dominican Republic." Journal of Transcultural Nursing 21, no. 2 (2010): 93-103.