The use of alternate health resources in a South Texas town
Chandler, Sue Ann Breyley
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An alternate Anglo-American health care system's coexistence with a substantial, allopathic medical system is explored. A small South Texas town of twenty thousand, with an ethnic breakdown of 90% Mexican-American and 10%, Anglo-American, was chosen. A sample of thirty women and their families was interviewed and monitored over a four-month period. Their perceptions of health and usage patterns of the available medical and alternate health care systems are analyzed. A number of factors were isolated which included: life experiences, perceptions of illness, and the perceptions of Mexican-American usage patterns of medical facilities.