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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/602030
Category:
Full-text
Format:
Text-based Document
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Utilization of Traditional Medicine in Oaxaca, Mexico
Other Titles:
Understanding Cultural Differences among Vulnerable Populations [Session]
Author(s):
Holtz, Carol; Sowell, Richard
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Epsilon Alpha
Author Details:
Carol Holtz, RN, choltz@kennesaw.edu; Richard Sowell, RN, FAAN
Abstract:
Session presented on Monday, July 27, 2015: Purpose: To describe the utilization of traditional medicine and/or the integration with??Western medicine for prevention and treatment of illness or health conditions in Oaxaca, Mexico. Methods: This qualitative study used face-to-face interviews with 22 people living in Oaxaca, Mexico. Each interview was conducted by a??Spanish speaking nurse educator and audio-taped. Transcripts were translated into English by a fluent Spanish speaking interpreter. ??Additionally, field notes and demographic characteristics were obtained at each interview. The transcripts and participant characteristics formed the study data. The qualitative transcript data was analyzed using the constant comparative method of joint coding and analysis described by Glaser and Strauss, (1967). Analysis results were completed independently by two researchers, and then verified by a third researcher not involved in the study. Results: Data analysis revealed that the majority of the participants used both traditional and Western medicine. This group used traditional approaches and remedies to stay healthy and to treat non-acute conditions.?? These treatments most frequently??included the use of herbs and healing practices??local to the region. Knowledge of traditional remedies is passed from mother to daughter. However,??for acute conditions such as infections and trauma,??participants sought out Western style??medicine??from providers located in regional health departments across the state. Many participants reported having to travel long distances to reach??one of the regional health departments. A smaller group of participants reported using only traditional medicine. These individuals were more likely to live in remote areas, and were often traditional healers themselves or??were the??extended family of a healer.????For pregnant women experiencing malpositioning of the fetus, that could not ??be??repositioned by a partera, the lack of Western medicine interventions,??such as a "C" section, often resulted in death of the baby and/or mother. Conclusion: Residents of Oaxaca, Mexico often use traditional medical practices for health maintenance and prevention of illness while others integrate traditional health practices with Western medical practices.?? Study participants??who utilize both traditional and Western style medicine often do not reveal their use of traditional medicine and/or practices to their Western style medical health care providers. The potential interaction of traditional remedies??with Western medicines, such as antibiotics, can??cause dangerous reactions that may result in increased morbidity and mortality. ??Interventions and their appropriate evaluations??are needed to ensure??that providers are aware of other treatments??being used.
Keywords:
traditional medicine; complementary medicine; Oaxaca, Mexico
Repository Posting Date:
17-Mar-2016
Date of Publication:
17-Mar-2016 ; 17-Mar-2016
Other Identifiers:
INRC15L12
Conference Date:
2015
Conference Name:
26th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Description:
Research Congress 2015 Theme: Question Locally, Engage Regionally, Apply Globally. Held at the Puerto Rico Convention Center.

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dc.language.isoenen
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.formatText-based Documenten
dc.typePresentationen
dc.titleUtilization of Traditional Medicine in Oaxaca, Mexicoen
dc.title.alternativeUnderstanding Cultural Differences among Vulnerable Populations [Session]en
dc.contributor.authorHoltz, Carolen
dc.contributor.authorSowell, Richarden
dc.contributor.departmentEpsilon Alphaen
dc.author.detailsCarol Holtz, RN, choltz@kennesaw.edu; Richard Sowell, RN, FAANen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/602030-
dc.description.abstractSession presented on Monday, July 27, 2015: Purpose: To describe the utilization of traditional medicine and/or the integration with??Western medicine for prevention and treatment of illness or health conditions in Oaxaca, Mexico. Methods: This qualitative study used face-to-face interviews with 22 people living in Oaxaca, Mexico. Each interview was conducted by a??Spanish speaking nurse educator and audio-taped. Transcripts were translated into English by a fluent Spanish speaking interpreter. ??Additionally, field notes and demographic characteristics were obtained at each interview. The transcripts and participant characteristics formed the study data. The qualitative transcript data was analyzed using the constant comparative method of joint coding and analysis described by Glaser and Strauss, (1967). Analysis results were completed independently by two researchers, and then verified by a third researcher not involved in the study. Results: Data analysis revealed that the majority of the participants used both traditional and Western medicine. This group used traditional approaches and remedies to stay healthy and to treat non-acute conditions.?? These treatments most frequently??included the use of herbs and healing practices??local to the region. Knowledge of traditional remedies is passed from mother to daughter. However,??for acute conditions such as infections and trauma,??participants sought out Western style??medicine??from providers located in regional health departments across the state. Many participants reported having to travel long distances to reach??one of the regional health departments. A smaller group of participants reported using only traditional medicine. These individuals were more likely to live in remote areas, and were often traditional healers themselves or??were the??extended family of a healer.????For pregnant women experiencing malpositioning of the fetus, that could not ??be??repositioned by a partera, the lack of Western medicine interventions,??such as a "C" section, often resulted in death of the baby and/or mother. Conclusion: Residents of Oaxaca, Mexico often use traditional medical practices for health maintenance and prevention of illness while others integrate traditional health practices with Western medical practices.?? Study participants??who utilize both traditional and Western style medicine often do not reveal their use of traditional medicine and/or practices to their Western style medical health care providers. The potential interaction of traditional remedies??with Western medicines, such as antibiotics, can??cause dangerous reactions that may result in increased morbidity and mortality. ??Interventions and their appropriate evaluations??are needed to ensure??that providers are aware of other treatments??being used.en
dc.subjecttraditional medicineen
dc.subjectcomplementary medicineen
dc.subjectOaxaca, Mexicoen
dc.date.available2016-03-17T13:02:01Zen
dc.date.issued2016-03-17-
dc.date.issued2016-03-17en
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-17T13:02:01Zen
dc.conference.date2015en
dc.conference.name26th International Nursing Research Congressen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationSan Juan, Puerto Ricoen
dc.descriptionResearch Congress 2015 Theme: Question Locally, Engage Regionally, Apply Globally. Held at the Puerto Rico Convention Center.en
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