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Traditional healing and allopathic medicine: issues at the interface

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Pages 62-66 in R. Fortuine et al., eds. Circumpolar Health 96. Proceedings of the Tenth International Congress on Circumpolar Health, Anchorage, Alaska, 1996. Int J Circumpolar Health. 1998;57 Supp 1.
Publication Type
Article
Date
1998
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Author
Eby, D.
Author Affiliation
Alaska Native Medical Center, Anchorage, AK
Source
Pages 62-66 in R. Fortuine et al., eds. Circumpolar Health 96. Proceedings of the Tenth International Congress on Circumpolar Health, Anchorage, Alaska, 1996. Int J Circumpolar Health. 1998;57 Supp 1.
Date
1998
Language
English
Geographic Location
U.S.
Publication Type
Article
Digital File Format
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Physical Holding
University of Alaska Anchorage
Keywords
Alaska
Alaska Natives
Health care delivery
Traditional healing
Abstract
There is increasing interest in Native traditional healers and the possibility of their working in some form of relationship with the allopathic medical system. It represents a resurgence of effort in an area of great potential benefit to the Native community, but is rife with issues that could destroy the effort at any number of stages in the process. Issues related to professional and institutional responsibility, the power of medicalization, physical and philosophical interactions of the systems of healing, measures of effectiveness, issues of reimbursement, and many more must be dealt with in an intentional and thorough manner if the process is to be successful.
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Pages 665-667 in R. Fortuine et al., eds. Circumpolar Health 96. Proceedings of the Tenth International Congress on Circumpolar Health, Anchorage, Alaska, 1996. Int J Circumpolar Health. 1998;57 Supp 1.
Publication Type
Article
Date
1998
  1 document  
Author
Eby, D.
Author Affiliation
Alaska Native Medical Center, Anchorage, Alaska, USA
Source
Pages 665-667 in R. Fortuine et al., eds. Circumpolar Health 96. Proceedings of the Tenth International Congress on Circumpolar Health, Anchorage, Alaska, 1996. Int J Circumpolar Health. 1998;57 Supp 1.
Date
1998
Language
English
Geographic Location
U.S.
Publication Type
Article
Digital File Format
Text - PDF
Physical Holding
University of Alaska Anchorage
Keywords
Alaska
Alaska Natives
Anchorage
Health care delivery
Health promotion
Southcentral Foundation
Abstract
The delivery of medical and health-related services tends to be compartmentalized and fragmented. If the goal is health and if an important part in achieving that goal is increasing the ability of the person, family, and community to care for themselves while providing cost-effective care, then it is imperative to integrate efforts across community and primary care arenas. The Southcentral Foundation is an Alaska Native organization focused on the delivery of community and primary care activities that continues to work at the challenges of integration and coordination. This paper discusses some of the efforts to date and hopes for the future.
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