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Might refuse treatment during Ramadan Health is important; they believe in free will, but Allah controls their destiny; may think doctors’ predictions are presumptuous
Halah, the Muslim diet, forbids pork and alcohol, sometimes found in medicines and hospital foods
Communicating About Health, Third Edition, du Pré
Copyright © 2010 by Oxford University Press, Inc. The Nature of
Health and Illness
Health as Organic Organic perspective: health understood as presence or absence of physical indicators
Evidencebased medicine (EBM): treatment based on results of scientific studies
Weakness is inability to account for conditions not easily verified
Organic approach seems a bit cold and impersonal
African Americans traditionally dissatisfied with health care because they emphasize community and religion and organic approach is more uncaring Communicating About Health, Third Edition, du Pré
Copyright © 2010 by Oxford University Press, Inc. Health as Harmony Harmony perspective: pleasing sense of overall well
being Traditional Navajo approach to health: balance among physical, social, and spiritual In keeping with biopsychosocial perspective Navajo who are more likely to balance life are less likely to get sick Asian cultures = yin and yang are polar energies whose cyclical forces define all living things Yin associated with coolness and reflection; yang with brightness and warmth
Qi (Chi): one’s central life energy
Illness and even death may result if Qi is wasted or yin and yang are not balanced
Some Asian cultures resist surgery, believing these procedures will interfere with life energy and rhythms Communicating About Health, Third Edition, du Pré
Copyright © 2010 by Oxford University Press, Inc. Across cultures, folk healing is typically oriented to lifeworld concerns Mexican American and Native American cultures believe in folk healing Health care that includes
lifeworld has been praised as realistic and compassionate
Healing: restoration of wholeness
Curing: physical; may still...
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