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Qualitative study of the use of traditional healing by asthmatic Navajo families.

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Source
Am Indian Alsk Native Ment Health Res. 2003;11(1):1-18
Publication Type
Article
Date
2003
Author
Van Sickle, D.
Morgan, F.
Wright, A.L.
Author Affiliation
Arizona Respiratory Center and Department of Pediatrics, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, Tucson 85724, USA.
Source
Am Indian Alsk Native Ment Health Res. 2003;11(1):1-18
Date
2003
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Adolescent
Adult
Asthma - drug therapy - therapy
Child
Child, Preschool
Cost of Illness
Female
Humans
Indians, North American
Male
Medicine, Traditional
Middle Aged
New Mexico
Philosophy, Medical
Qualitative Research
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
Spiritual Therapies
Abstract
Despite increasing prevalence of asthma among American Indians and/or Alaska Natives, little is known about their use of traditional healing in its management. A convenience sample of 24 Navajo families with asthmatic members (n=35) was interviewed between June 1997 and September 1998. While 46% of families had previously used traditional healing, only 29% sought traditional healing for asthma. Use of traditional healing was unrelated to use of biomedical therapies, hospitalizations, or emergency services. Practical factors and questions about the nature and origins of asthma were the primary considerations determining use of traditional medicine. Little conflict between traditional healing and biomedical treatment was reported. The use of traditional healing for asthma is influenced by beliefs about the disease and factors specific to the individual, including their local social, economic, and cultural context.
PubMed ID
12955629 View in PubMed
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