Cultural health beliefs influence on caregivers/patients interpersonal communication
This research examined cultural health beliefs influence on caregivers/patients interpersonal communication. The main objective of the study is to ascertain the extent cultural health beliefs influence patients’ adherence to their physicians’ recommendations and prescriptions.
The study which adopted triangulation method made use of interview and the survey method while purposive sampling technique was used to study 220 respondents sampled from a population of 190,884. The data obtained were statistically analyzed using frequency distribution and percentage.
The study was anchored on the theory of reasoned action from where it was found that patients’ cultural health beliefs and values negatively influenced the doctor-patient relationship and interaction. The results also revealed that patients had difficulty forming a willingness to adhere to physician’s prescription because their beliefs are incongruent with the caregiver’s prescription.
The study therefore, recommended that caregivers gain a perfect understanding of the various health beliefs associated with patients in the rural areas, so as to provide proper health education to the patients in an attempt to improve adherence and foster better patients-caregivers communication.
By Abel Ejikeme
Department of Mass Communication
Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University
Anambra State, Nigeria
(Unpublished project work)