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Hypertension and the Hmong Community: Using the Health Belief Model for Health Promotion

Thalacker, K. M. (2011) Hypertension and the Hmong Community: Using the Health Belief Model for Health Promotion. Health Promotion Practice, 12 (4). pp. 538-543. ISSN 1524-8399

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Hmong Americans are a minority population with a hypertensive health problem that is often undiagnosed and not medically managed. Vulnerable populations, such as ethnic minorities, are susceptible to poor health because of their unique perception of disease and treatment. Healthy People 2010 has goals that include promoting quality of life and eliminating health disparities. The Health Belief Model recognizes an individual’s perceived susceptibility to disease, perceived severity of disease, perceived benefits of certain behaviors in reducing disease, and perceived barriers, such as cost, to preventive action. Nurses and other health care professionals are in a unique position to promote health in these vulnerable populations by using the Health Belief Model. Health promotion includes identifying barriers, empowering individuals through knowledge, as well as encouraging and educating positive health behaviors.

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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hmong, vulnerable populations, Health Belief Model, health promotion, Healthy People 2010, hypertension, culturally congruent care
Subjects: Health > Disparities
Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases > Hypertension
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Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2011 12:37
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2011 12:37
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/3118

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