Exploring Folk Health Practices in Latinos With Chronic Medical Conditions

Active, not recruiting

Phase N/A Results N/A

Trial Description

This study will explore how culture influences the use of folk healing practices and medical services in Latinos with chronic medical conditions.

Detailed Description

Sociocultural aspects of using ethnomedical health practices in a community-based Latino population will be described using both qualitative and quantitative survey methods. This study will rely heavily on its descriptive section, which will use in-depth, open-ended questions in a semi-structured personal interview format following qualitative research principles. It will also use closed-ended questions in a short survey format to begin to explore some variables that may be associated with using traditional healing practices. These variables include level of acculturation, degree of family social support, degree of adherence to standard medical regimens, perceived health status, presence of depressive symptoms, and severity of co-illnesses. These variables will be examined using common, validated scales.


Trial Design

  • Observation: Cohort
  • Perspective: Prospective
  • Sampling: Non-Probability Sample

Trial Population

Participants will be self-identified, adult Latino men and women from the community setting. The sample will comprise of a convenience sample from community-based organizations, including persons of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, Central American, South American, or other Spanish-speaking culture.


Type Measure Time Frame Safety Issue
No outcomes associated with this trial.