Faculty Publications

Title

Differences in beliefs about the causes of health disparities in black and white nurses

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Cultural competency, Health status disparity, Healthcare disparity, Nurse, Perception

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Nursing Forum

Volume

48

Issue

4

First Page

271

Last Page

278

Abstract

Purpose: To determine whether Black and White nurses' beliefs about causes of health disparities differ. Conclusions: Analyses reveal that overall Black nurses perceived external factors to contribute significantly more to health disparities than White nurses. Black nurses considered four specific causes dealing with physician and societal factors, such as "discrimination in society," to be more significant contributors to health disparities than White nurses, whereas White nurses considered genetic factors to be a greater contributor. Practice Implications: Different views of the causes of health disparities are discussed, particularly in light of cultural competency training and other efforts to ameliorate health disparities. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Original Publication Date

10-1-2013

DOI of published version

10.1111/nuf.12029

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