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Social and cultural perspectives in health

Kate O'Reilly, Kath Peters, Nathan Wilson, Cannas Kwok
BACKGROUND: Although more men than women sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI), approximately one quarter of people with TBIs are women. The experiences of TBI reported in the literature are informed from the masculine perspective and do not adequately represent women's experiences. Pragmatism provides an overarching methodological framework to explore and critique a broader perspective of health, including psychosocial, cultural, spiritual, political and environmental factors, while attempting to address gender inequity...
March 16, 2018: Nurse Researcher
Yandra Raquel do Nascimento Bezerra, Maria Zelfa de Souza Feitosa
The community healthcare agent is an essential professional in the context of primary healthcare, helping to monitor the health of families in the territory. The scope of this study was to analyze the implications of affection on the performance of the community healthcare agent in the territory. The theoretical notions of this study are based on social psychology of a historical-cultural basis and environmental psychology. The survey was conducted with ten community healthcare agents at a basic health unit in a municipality of the State of Ceará...
March 2018: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
Ann Sheridan, Donal O'Keeffe, Barbara Coughlan, Kate Frazer, Johnathan Drennan, Mary Kemple
BACKGROUND: Social opportunities can be limited in the lives of people with enduring mental illness (EMI) due to psychiatric stigma, restricted home environments and employment barriers. Supported socialisation programmes have the potential to redress the impact of social isolation. AIM: To explore the experiences of service users with EMI taking part in a supported socialisation programme, using written diary entries. METHODS: This article reports on the qualitative component of a randomised controlled trial of supported socialisation for people with EMI (published previously in this journal)...
March 1, 2018: International Journal of Social Psychiatry
Norha V San Juan
The recovery approach proposes a substantial change towards a more holistic perspective that takes into account social needs in mental health. It is a guiding principle in the development of services and research, a lens through which to look at mental health. This article describes four main challenges on the way to the development of a recovery culture in Latin America: Paying attention to local culture; recognizing and encouraging the contribution of users; reducing the emphasis on the diagnostic classification, and paving the way for social justice...
November 2017: Vertex: Revista Argentina de Psiquiatriá
N C Schmidt, V Fargnoli, M Epiney, O Irion
BACKGROUND: Migrant mothers in developed countries often experience more complicated pregnancy outcomes and less fewer women access preventive gynecology services. To enlighten health care providers to potential barriers, the objective of this paper is to explore barriers to reproductive health services in Geneva described by migrant women from a qualitative perspective. METHODS: In this qualitative study, thirteen focus groups (FG) involving 78 women aged 18 to 66 years were conducted in seven languages...
March 6, 2018: Reproductive Health
Lauren R Bangerter, Joan M Griffin, Arielle Eagan, Manish Mishra, Angela Lunde, Véronique Roger, Albert Mulley, Jon Lotherington
Objective: In December 2016, 66 health leaders from 14 countries convened at the Salzburg Global Seminar (SGS) to engage in cross-cultural and collaborative discussions centered on 'Rethinking Care Toward the End of Life'. Conversations focused on global perspectives on death and dying, challenges experienced by researchers, physicians, patients and family caregivers. This paper summarizes key findings and recommendations from SGS. Design: Featured sessions focused on critical issues of end of life care led by key stakeholders, physicians, researchers, and other global leaders in palliative care...
March 2, 2018: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
J Sumankuuro, J Crockett, S Wang
OBJECTIVES: Maternal and neonatal healthcare outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) remain poor despite decades of different health service delivery interventions and stakeholder investments. Qualitative studies have attributed these results, at least in part, to sociocultural beliefs and practices. Thus there is a need to understand, from an overarching perspective, how these sociocultural beliefs affect maternal and neonatal health (MNH) outcomes. STUDY DESIGN: A qualitative meta-synthesis of primary studies on cultural beliefs and practices associated with maternal and neonatal health care was carried out, incorporating research conducted in any country within SSA, using data from men, women and health professionals gathered through focus group discussions, structured and semistructured interviews...
March 1, 2018: Public Health
Tammy Sinkfield-Morey
Transcultural nursing inspires us for humanness. The breadth of a culture is handed down through stories. Storytelling creates understanding and mutuality within a culture and between cultures. Deeper understanding can lead to better patient outcomes across variances in health, wellness, and social standing. The intentional use of storying by six nurses in a project called Story Care led to more appreciative understanding of the other's culture and raised awareness of self in interaction with another. The nurses, patients, and their families had deliberate opportunities to learn more about another who was culturally different, to understand how historical perspectives influence the dynamics of interactions, and to explore a sense of commonality and mutuality in nurse-patient engagements...
February 1, 2018: Creative Nursing
Antônio Geraldo da Silva, Leandro Fernandes Malloy-Diniz, Marina Saraiva Garcia, Carlos Guilherme Silva Figueiredo, Renata Nayara Figueiredo, Alexandre Paim Diaz, António Pacheco Palha
The current considerations about completed suicides and suicide attempts in different cultures call the attention of professionals to this serious public health problem. Integrative approaches have shown that the confluence of multiple biological and social factors modulate various psychopathologies and dysfunctional behaviors, such as suicidal behavior. Considering the level of intermediate analysis, personality traits and cognitive functioning are also of great importance for understanding the suicide phenomenon...
2018: Frontiers in Psychiatry
Arash Mirabzadeh, Monir Baradaran Eftekhari, Katayoun Falahat, Homeira Sajjadi, Meroe Vameghi, Gholamreza Ghaedamini Harouni
Background : According to the World Health Organization, mental health relates, not only to the absence of mental disorder, but also to Positive Mental Health. Studies have shown that promoting positive mental health, not only reduces the prevalence and incidence of mental disorders, but also affects the process of treatment and reduces related burden. However, this concept has different interpretations in different cultures, and in many societies, mental health is still considered the absence of mental illness...
2018: F1000Research
Elizabeth Collier, Maria J Grant
PURPOSE: To illuminate long-term experiences of mental illness from both research and autobiographical accounts. DESIGN: A literature review of English-language papers, 1950-2014, relating to the experience of long-term mental illness indexed in AgeInfo, AMED, ASSIA, British Nursing Index (BNI), CINAHL, MEDLINE, PsycEXTRA, and PsychINFO. FINDINGS: Twenty-five research papers and nine autobiographic accounts met the review criteria. Thematic analysis revealed nine themes: fear, explanation seeking, stigma, disability, coping strategies, control, support, change and learning, and life history...
February 13, 2018: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
Tova Band-Winterstein
BACKGROUND: In the last 30 years, elder abuse and neglect has been recognized as a social and health-related problem. The aim of this paper is to describe the phenomenon of elder abuse and neglect in a separatist faith-based society (ultra-Orthodox Jewish society-UOJS). METHODS: A qualitative-phenomenological study with 28 social workers who underwent in-depth semi-structured interviews based on an interview guide consisting of the following items: visibility of the elder abuse and neglect phenomenon in the ultra-Orthodox society, and dilemmas and sensitive issues that arise when working with this population...
February 13, 2018: International Psychogeriatrics
Chiara De Waure, Leuconoe Grazia Sisti, Andrea Poscia, Walter Ricciardi
Italy is witnessing relevant challenges in the field of prevention and control of vaccine-preventable diseases. The worrying and growing phenomenon of "vaccine-hesitancy" has contributed to the reduction of vaccination coverage, undermining goals reached thanks to vaccines introduction. The new Italian National Immunization Plan (NIP) 2017-2019 and the update of the list of Essential Care Levels (LEA), approved in the current year, extend the vaccination offer based on the latest scientific evidence with the introduction of new vaccines and the enlargement of target population...
September 2017: Igiene e Sanità Pubblica
Amy Pennay, John Holmes, Jukka Törrönen, Michael Livingston, Ludwig Kraus, Robin Room
Adolescent alcohol consumption has been in decline across many high-income countries since the early to mid-2000s. This is a significant public health trend, with few documented examples from history where such a global downward shift in alcohol consumption has occurred primarily among the adolescent segment of the population. In this commentary we describe the nature and breadth of the trend; reflect on the environmental, social and policy factors that have been proffered; and argue that to adequately understand and support the maintenance of these trends, three important methodological considerations are needed for future research...
February 12, 2018: Drug and Alcohol Review
Josianne Rodrigues-Krause, Mauricio Krause, Alvaro Reischak-Oliveira
Context • Dancing has been used as a form of exercise to improve functional and metabolic outcomes during aging. The field lacks randomized, clinical trials (RCTs) evaluating metabolic outcomes related to dance interventions, but dancing may be a form of exercise that could induce positive effects on the metabolic health of older adults. However, primary studies seem very heterogonous regarding the trial designs, characteristics of the interventions, the methods for outcomes assessments, statistical powers, and methodological quality...
February 10, 2018: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
Sarah Herbert, Christine Stephens, Margaret Forster
BACKGROUND: The predominant framing of indigenous people's alcohol use as problematic has resulted in narrow understandings of indigenous alcohol use in general. In particular, there has been little exploration of how Māori, those indigenous to Aotearoa/New Zealand, contextualise and understand their alcohol use. To build on current understandings of Māori alcohol use, this study explored the broader and socially shared meanings of alcohol use from the perspectives of older Māori. METHODS: Hui (meeting/s) were held with five kaupapa whānau (groups with a common purpose) comprising older Māori (n = 19) who shared their perspectives on Māori alcohol use...
February 8, 2018: International Journal on Drug Policy
Wietse A Tol, BreeOna Ebrecht, Rebecca Aiyo, Sarah M Murray, Amanda J Nguyen, Brandon A Kohrt, Sheila Ndyanabangi, Stephen Alderman, Seggane Musisi, Juliet Nakku
BACKGROUND: Limited knowledge exists to inform the selection and introduction of locally relevant, feasible, and effective mental health interventions in diverse socio-cultural contexts and health systems. We examined stakeholders' perspectives on mental health-related priorities, help-seeking behaviors, and existing resources to guide the development of a maternal mental health component for integration into non-specialized care in Soroti, eastern Uganda. METHODS: We employed rapid ethnographic methods (free listing and ranking; semi-structured interviews; key informant interviews and pile sorting) with community health workers (n = 24), primary health workers (n = 26), perinatal women (n = 24), traditional and religious healers (n = 10), and mental health specialists (n = 9)...
February 7, 2018: BMC Psychiatry
Mary Lou Kelley
This oral presentation will describe the conceptual evolution of the Kelley model for Community Capacity Development [2000-2016]. It will illustrate how and why the model changed to become a powerful Canadian example of a public health approach to developing community based palliative care programs. Based on conducting participatory action research in rural, First Nations communities and long-term care homes, the perspective of "community" gradually expanded beyond health care professionals to include natural helpers, front line care providers, formal and informal community leaders, and social services...
January 2018: Annals of Palliative Medicine
Catherine O Adegoke, Miemsie G Steyn
Although there is a growing body of research exploring the influence of culture on the resilience of African youth, few studies have examined how culture constrains or enables resilience among HIV-positive adolescent girls from the perspective of the young women themselves. This paper reports on the findings from a qualitative study of five purposively selected girls living with HIV in Ibadan, Nigeria. By analysing data drawn mainly from interviews and observations, we explored how cultural influences promote or limit resilience in participants...
February 1, 2018: Culture, Health & Sexuality
Qian Zhao, Haoyang Chen, Hongyan Yan, Yan He, Li Zhu, WenTing Fu, Biyu Shen
This study aimed (i) to complement existing research by focusing on body image disturbance issues in Chinese Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) patients; (ii) to investigate how Chinese patients make sense of disease diagnosis and perceived cultural influences within the context of their SLE. A total of 118 SLE patients underwent standardized laboratory examinations and completed several questionnaires. Independent sample t-test, Mann-Whitney U-test, Chi-square test, and multivariate analysis using backward stepwise logistic regression model were used to analyze these data...
January 31, 2018: Psychology, Health & Medicine
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