Date of Award

Spring 2019

Document Type

Honors Thesis



First Advisor

Dr. Mejai Bola Avoseh

Second Advisor

Dr. Carole South-Winter

Third Advisor

Dr. Scott Breuninger


Leininger, Culture Care, Medical History, Globalization, Sunrise Model


One of the very first interactions a patient has with medical staff is a one-on-one interview to ascertain family medical history. However, the practice of recording patient medical history has remained relatively unchanged for decades since the advent of modern medicine. This begs a question of if there is a way to improve the current status quo. Leininger’s Culture Care Theory and Sunrise Model implement both an innovative and patient-centered focus that acknowledges and incorporates patients’ cultural backgrounds into their healthcare plan. Combining Leininger’s Culture Care Theory with the current process of recording family medical history will modernize a somewhat antiquated aspect of modern healthcare, benefitting both patients and healthcare professionals alike.



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