Overview

This trial is active, not recruiting.

Conditions diabetes, hypertension, asthma, heart disease, stroke, arthritis
Sponsor Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Collaborator National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
Start date December 2005
End date October 2007
Trial size 60 participants
Trial identifier NCT00224237, 0505007876

Summary

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

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Observational model cohort
Time perspective prospective
Arm
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.

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: Participants will be self-identified, adult men and women from the community setting. The sample comprise a convenience sample, including persons of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, Central American, South American, or other Spanish speaking culture. 1. Latino men and women over the age of 18 2. Those self-identifying as having at least one chronic medical condition including:diabetes, hypertension, asthma, history of heart disease or stroke or musculoskeletal disease (arthritis). 3. Those reporting use of complementary or alternative therapies, including ethnomedical healing practices or practitioners. 4. Those who speak English or Spanish. Exclusion Criteria: Individuals who refuse to participate.

Additional Information

Official title Exploring Folk Health Practices in Latinos With Chronic Medical Conditions
Principal investigator Jacqueline Duarte, MD
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 information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in November 2010.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Weill Medical College of Cornell University.