Date of Award

Spring 2011

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Nursing

Abstract

The purpose of this grounded theory qualitative research study was to gain understanding of the challenges facing healthcare providers when caring for Montana migrant workers. Healthcare providers from the state of Montana were interviewed regarding personal beliefs on the healthcare provided to migrant workers in rural clinics. The participants were also asked for their opinions regarding migrant care for the near future. Data were collected via audio taped interviews, field notes and theoretical memos. Analysis through classic grounded theory was used to establish categories and identify the social process. The core category of this study is “Establishing a Common Ground” with the following supportive categories: (a) Accessing Health Care (b) Allocating Resources and (c) Provider Initiatives. Findings suggest that the participants of this study are dedicated to providing quality medical care to Hispanic clients in rural Montana using limited resources. The research identified the challenges encountered when serving this population and how these challenges were being addressed. Participants expressed how optimal utilization of minimal resources is imperative to sustaining quality care. In addition, the social process of establishing common ground when working with culturally diverse clients is important to health promotion. Researchers can use and modify these categories to fit their clinical practices and create further research in cultural understanding and rural clinical medicine.

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