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AbstractAccording to a recent medical article concerning the Navajo nation, the death rates that result from illnesses such as diabetes and tuberculosis are much higher among Native Americans in comparison to non-Native individual s (190% higher and 7S001o higher respectively). This paper looks at how the broadening institution of telemedicine can be applied to the Navajo nation in a constructive and helpful manner. The paper begins by looking at both the traditional beliefs of Navajo medicine as well as the overall pivotal considerations of telemedicine such as the advantages and barriers presented. The paper brings these two parameters into conjunction by proposing ideas of telemedicine implementation on the Navajo reservations and by examining uses of telemedicine that are currently occurring on these same reservations. Overall, the paper concluded that telemedicine should be used as the prevalent fixture on the reservations while also taking into account the Navajo traditional medical practices and preferences.
Degree ProgramHonors College