The Romani population in the United States is estimated at 200,000 to 1 million, with most Roma living in larger cities, including Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, Seattle, Atlanta and Boston. Discrepancies in population estimates are due to the fact that Roma rarely participate in U.S. Census surveys and often identify themselves as being of Mexican, Southern European or Native American origin. Roma have experienced discrimination and stereotyping for many generations. The goal of this module is to provide healthcare professionals with information about the Romani (Gypsy) culture so that they in turn can provide culturally congruent care to Romani patients and their families.
The goal of this module is to provide healthcare professionals with information about the Romani (Gypsy) culture so that they can provide culturally congruent care to Romani patients and their families. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to —
- Describe the history of the Romani people, including geographical origin, language, and religion.
- Identify healthcare-related cultural values and traditions important to the Romani patient and family.
- Discuss interventions helpful in integrating Romani cultural values and traditions into the plan of care.
Content Level: Intermediate
Domain of OT: Performance Patterns
Occupational Therapy Process: Intervention
Professional Issues: Contemporary Issues and Trends
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