Working Hard: Women's Self-Care Practices in Ghana

Rosemary Theroux, Robin Klar, Linda Messenger

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Abstract

Women's health care providers have noted an increased infant mortality rate among Ghanaian immigrants. We conducted focus groups with 17 women in Ghana. We asked them how they maintained their health both before and during pregnancy. When discussing their health, women repeatedly described the conditions or context of their daily lives and the traditional practices that they used to stay healthy. Knowledge of women's lives, the health care system that they previously used, and their cultural practices can be utilized by health care providers to more fully assess their patients and design more culturally appropriate care for this group of women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)651-673
Number of pages23
JournalHealth Care for Women International
Volume34
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2013

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Ghana
Women's Health
Self Care
Health Personnel
Infant Mortality
Focus Groups
Delivery of Health Care
Pregnancy
Mortality
Health

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Working Hard : Women's Self-Care Practices in Ghana. / Theroux, Rosemary; Klar, Robin; Messenger, Linda.

In: Health Care for Women International, Vol. 34, No. 8, 08.2013, p. 651-673.

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Theroux, Rosemary ; Klar, Robin ; Messenger, Linda. / Working Hard : Women's Self-Care Practices in Ghana. In: Health Care for Women International. 2013 ; Vol. 34, No. 8. pp. 651-673.
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