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The heart of the matter: Are Filipinos diagnosed with cardiovascular disease receiving culturally appropriate treatment?

1 January 2016


The leading cause of death for Filipinos in America is cardiovascular disease (CVD). This statistics are troubling given that Filipinos are the second largest Asian subgroup in the United States (U.S. Census Bureau, 2013). The aim of this present pilot study is to examine the treatment for Filipino Americans diagnosed with CVD and to gain a better understanding of their experiences in medical settings and look at whether their treatment is culturally sensitive with respect to Filipino values, beliefs, and/or traditions. Semi-structured interviews were completed with three Filipino participants. The data analysis was conducted using conventional content analysis, which is typically used when a phenomenon is being described and there is no existing theory or limited literature (Hsieh & Shannon, 2005). The results revealed themes related to the experience of CVD treatment and satisfaction, communication with doctors, diet, and exercise. These results will provide support to tailor treatment for Filipino culture and encourage doctors to practice cultural competence to increase treatment adherence.


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