Mexican Immigrants’ and Mexican Americans’ Perceptions of Hypertension

  • Barnes D
  • lu J
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Abstract

Although the rate of hypertension (HTN) is no higher for Mexican-origin clients than for non-Hispanic Whites, their rate of blood pressure (BP) control is lower. To effectively assist clients with their BP, health care providers must first understand barriers and facilitators to BP control from the clients' perspectives. The purpose of this study was to describe the experience of living with HTN for Mexican immigrants and Mexican Americans. A phenomenological method was appropriate to describe their lived experience. We conducted one-time interviews with 26 adults who self-identified as Mexican-origin. Some participants did not know what caused HTN and others believed in causes they could control. Many believed HTN was of short duration. Some participants forgot to take medication or were not able to afford it. Mexican-origin clients need more assistance with BP control, and need it in both English and Spanish.

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  • Latino / Hispanic people
  • Mexican Americans
  • hypertension
  • phenomenology

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Authors

  • Donelle M. Barnes

  • Julie Hue lu

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