Fa'afaletui: A Framework for the Promotion of Renal Health in an Australian Samoan Community

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Title Fa'afaletui: A Framework for the Promotion of Renal Health in an Australian Samoan Community
Author McCarthy, Alexandra; Shaban, Ramon Zenel; Stone, Cassandra
Journal Name Journal of Transcultural Nursing
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdon
Publisher Sage Publications
Abstract Purpose: Samoan communities in Australia exhibit a disproportionate rate of kidney disease compared with other Australians. This article describes a research project that used a culturally sensitive framework, Fa'afaletui, to help reduce the barriers of language and culture and increase our understanding of the factors contributing to kidney disease, in one Samoan community in Australia. Design: Semistructured group interviews were undertaken with Samoan community families and groups. The interviews were analyzed according to key concepts embedded in the Fa'afaletui framework. Findings: Four factors associated with health risks in this Samoan community emerged: diet and exercise, issues related to the collective (incorporating the village, church, and family), tapu or cultural protocols, and the importance of language. Conclusions: The findings suggest that future kidney health promotion initiatives within this Samoan community will be more effective if they are sensitive to Samoan cultural norms, language, and contex
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1043659610387154
Volume 22
Issue Number 1
Page from 55
Page to 62
ISSN 1043-6596
Date Accessioned 2011-03-17
Date Available 2011-07-01T06:57:30Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Health Institute; Centre for Health Practice Innovation
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Clinical Nursing: Primary (Preventative)
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/39341
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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