Pharmaceutical therapy in midwifery practice: A culturally competent approach

Eva I. Doyle, Mary Ann Faucher

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The profession of midwifery can be part of the solution in America's quest for a culturally sensitive and competent health care system. Midwives who are familiar with a variety of health-related cultural beliefs and practice culturally sensitive inquiry, particularly when using pharmaceutical therapies, can effectively understand and respond to the cultural complexities that impact a client's health. This article describes needed cultural competencies, reviews a variety of health-related cultural beliefs, and relates how these beliefs impact the use and acceptability of pharmaceutical therapies. Specific examples related to culturally sensitive inquiry are discussed along with recommendations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)122-129
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Midwifery and Women's Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Maternity and Midwifery


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