Interactions between a traditional Native American healer and Navajo patients with cardiovascular disease
AuthorChanecka, Elaine Janice
Indians, North American.
Southwestern United States.
AdvisorGlittenberg, JoAnn E.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe population of this study is Navajo patients admitted with cardiac disease to a Southwestern hospital. Participant observations provided insight into the healing behaviors of a Traditional Healer working with the Navajo patients. This Traditional Healer used healing energy and read colors or auras to identify areas of unwellness. She attempted to restore balance in a holistic manner with consideration for traditional health care beliefs and practices held by this indigenous population. This study provided a rich descriptive picture of the work of one Traditional Native Healer and how this information can be applied to health care workers in a hospital setting to benefit patients. Culturally sensitive care by nurses has strong healing proponents and findings from the study clearly demonstrate the importance and benefits of culturally congruent care.
Degree ProgramGraduate College