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

Rosemary Theroux, Robin Toft Klar, Linda Messenger

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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
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Health Professions


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