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N Z Med J. 2003 Mar 14;116(1170):1p following U353.

Mapping the themes of Maori talk about health.

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  • 1International Research Institute for Maori and Indigenous Education, University of Auckland, Auckland. f.cram@auckland.ac.nz

Abstract

AIM:

This paper reports the findings of a qualitative research project that investigated: how Maori talk about health; Maori health; and Maori experiences of interacting with both mainstream and Maori providers of healthcare.

METHODS:

Twenty eight self-identified Maori were recruited from urban, marae-based healthcare services. Rich descriptions of commonly occurring themes were used to examine participants' experiences, explanations and ideas.

RESULTS:

Twelve themes provide an overview of how Maori health is conceptualised, the importance of 'traditional' concepts, the experiences of Maori within mainstream healthcare, and Maori health promotion mechanisms.

CONCLUSIONS:

Providing holistic healthcare to Maori in a respectful and collaborative way will provide opportunities for health professionals to have a positive impact on the health of individuals, their whanau and, in turn, their communities, hapu and Iwi.

PMID:
12659099
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