This qualitative study explored the lived experience of African American General Practitioners (AAGP) and their treatment of depression in African American (AA) patients. Six AAGPs were interviewed utilizing the Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) methodological framework. Data revealed insight into the role of race and culture, challenges and treatment options that impact depression care for this AA patients. Three subordinate themes emerged from the data including: More Than a Physician, Culture into Practice, and I was Trying to Help. Findings of the study were interpreted through the lens of relational theory and relational cultural theory (RCT). The study provides clinical social workers with insight into the same race doctor- patient dyad from the AAGPs perspective and highlights opportunities for clinical social workers to educate and support this group of healthcare professionals.
|Commitee:||Lampe, James, Goldberg, Constance, Ammerman, Paula, Daiter, Karen|
|School:||Institute for Clinical Social Work (Chicago)|
|Department:||Clinical Social Work|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/1(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Medical personnel, Health care management, African American Studies|
|Keywords:||Culture, African American, Doctor-patient dyad|
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