Research agenda for hispanics in the United States: A nursing perspective

Carmen J. Portillo, Antonia Villarruel, Mary Lou de Leon Siantz, Nilda Peragallo, Evelyn Ruiz Calvillo, Carmen M. Eribes

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Heterogeneity is perhaps the most salient characteristic that defines Hispanic populations of the United States. Hispanic populations include native-born, migrant, and immigrant peoples with distinctive national origins and regional settlement patterns. This multigenerational migratory and social adjustment process has produced important cultural variations within and among the respective Hispanic ethnic groups. Moreover, the demographic structure of Hispanic populations is also varied and complex. These historical, demographic, and sociocultural features shape the health and disease experience of Hispanics. As expected, respective Hispanic ethnic groups vary in health status and have differing needs for health services. This article provides demographic background, a historical perspective, a synthesis of Hispanic issues identified in major and authoritative government documents, summary on the state-of-the-science for nursing research with Hispanics, and recommendations for future nursing research directions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)263-269
Number of pages7
JournalNursing Outlook
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2001
Externally publishedYes

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  • Nursing(all)


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