Welcome to the Alejandro Flores Case Study. This lesson
will present concepts and issues related to normative
cultural values and
and alternative medicine(CAM) as they affect medical
decision-making in a Latino family. Several folk
health and illness beliefs that can affect the health
care experience will be examined.
The centerpiece for this lesson is a case study involving
a 4 year-old Puerto-Rican boy named Alejandro who has frequent exacerbations
his asthma. This case highlights the importance of health care providers
being informed about the cultural values that influence a particular
family’s illness experience. It explores the reasons for and
the impact of a family’s decision to pursue complementary and
What you will learn
After you complete this lesson you will be able to
do the following:
- Identify specific cultural values, common to the Latino culture,
that are affecting the response of Alejandro’s family
to his health care providers.
- Discuss potential factors involved in a family’s choice
to pursue complementary and alternative medicine.
- Develop culturally
appropriate interventions that may be effective in improving
Getting the most from this lesson
To learn the most from this lesson we recommend that
you approach it in the following way:
- Go through the lesson by using the side bar links. Proceed through
the side bar items from top to bottom. Take the quiz last.
- It would be a good idea to refer back to the Core
Concepts in Cultural Competence” introductory lesson
on cultural competency when needed as you proceed through
this lesson. This can
by returning to the home page and selecting the Core Concepts
in Cultural Competence lesson.