A Sociocultural Health Model for Late-in-Life Immigrants

  • Emami A
  • Benner P
  • Ekman S
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Abstract

This study develops a sociocultural health and illness model for Iranian late-in-life immigrants in Sweden by analyzing ways in which they perceive, experience, and explain their health situations. Fifteen Iranian immigrants, ages 55 to 80, were interviewed; data were analyzed using the interpretive-phenomenology method. The interviews revealed the following concepts: Reflections on the meaning of health were interpreted as cultural understanding of health. Reflections expressing knowledge about preventing illness and maintaining health were interpreted as proposed strategies and beliefs. Reflections expressing how to prevent illness and maintain health were interpreted as practical strategies, which were based on understanding of cultures and were contingent on immigration. Health care providers might use the resulting model to assist patients and families in appropriating cures and symptom management to support patients' sense of well-being.

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Authors

  • Azita Emami

  • Patricia Benner

  • Sirkka Liisa Ekman

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