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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

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Nicole Laing

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Background: The pervasiveness of hypertension (HTN), morbidity, and mortality in Haitians immigrants are frightening. Nonadherence with hypertensive medications, disease management, lifestyle modifications, and cultural and spiritual beliefs, including prayer; faith healing; use of herbal teas; and a diet that is deficient in potassium, rich in sodium, high in fat, cholesterol, and carbohydrates result in increased prevalence of HTN and disability in the Haitian community. Purpose: The purpose of this quality improvement project was to examine the existing system for adherence to hypertensive medications, standardized clinical practice guidelines, identify patients at risk for nonadherence to hypertensive medications, disease management, medical follow-up, and incorporate standardized clinical guidelines into existing medical practice at a primary care office. Theoretical Framework: Theory of transnationalism was used. The transnationalism theoretical framework presents the impact of migration and transnational activities on the health of immigrants. Methods: The mixed model research with exploratory design was used. Results: The implementation of the resource guide was effective as evidenced by improved blood pressure readings and increase adherence to hypertensive medications as well as follow-up appointments. Conclusion: The prevalence of HTN in Haitian immigrants necessitate a different approach to health care delivery. Health care providers need to be aware of Haitian culture to deliver culturally competent care to improve health outcomes in Haitian immigrants.




Health and environmental sciences, Culturally sensitive intervention, Haitian patients, Hypertensive medications



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