Understanding the Success of Promotoras in Increasing Chronic Diseases Screening

  • Reinschmidt K
  • Hunter J
  • Fernandez M
 et al. 
  • 48

    Readers

    Mendeley users who have this article in their library.
  • 62

    Citations

    Citations of this article.

Abstract

The purpose of this qualitative study was to elicit information on why a promotora (or, community health worker (CHW)) increased adherence to chronic disease screening among women along the U.S.-Mexico border. After completion of the intervention, women and clinic staff who participated in the promotora phase of a randomized, controlled study answered structured, open-ended questionnaires. Clinicians from two non-participating clinics were also interviewed. Content analysis found that the promotora's roles included health education and the facilitation of routine and follow-up care. Clients appreciated the promotora's socio-cultural characteristics, as well as her personal skills and qualities, and described her as a trained, natural helper whose personalized support removed barriers to health care and helped women to take care of themselves. Most clinicians recommended working with a CHW to increase adherence to chronic disease prevention practices. A CHW can play a crucial role on a health care team and interventions should tap into this resource.

Get free article suggestions today

Mendeley saves you time finding and organizing research

Sign up here
Already have an account ?Sign in

Find this document

Authors

  • Kerstin M. Reinschmidt

  • Jennifer B. Hunter

  • M. Lourdes Fernandez

  • Charles R. Lacy-Martinez

  • Jill Guernsey de Zapien

  • Joel Meister

Cite this document

Choose a citation style from the tabs below

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free