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"Our culture is medicine": perspectives of Native healers on posttrauma recovery among American Indian and Alaska Native patients

Title"Our culture is medicine": perspectives of Native healers on posttrauma recovery among American Indian and Alaska Native patients
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsBassett, D, Tsosie, U, Nannauck, S
JournalPerm JPerm J
Volume16
Pagination19-27
Date PublishedWinter
ISBN Number1552-5775 (Electronic)<br/>1552-5767 (Linking)
Accession Number22529755
KeywordsAged, Alaska, Female, Health Services Accessibility, Humans, Indians, North American/ psychology, Interviews as Topic, Male, Medicine, Traditional/methods/psychology, Middle Aged, Risk Factors, Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic/ethnology/psychology, Wounds and Injuries/ethnology/psychology/ therapy
AbstractAmerican Indian and Alaska Native (Native) people experience more traumatic events and are at higher risk for developing posttraumatic stress disorder compared with the general population. We conducted in-depth interviews with six Native healers about their perspectives on traumatic injury and healing. We analyzed the interviews using an inductive approach to identify common themes. We categorized these themes into four categories: causes and consequences of traumatic injury, risk factors, protective factors, and barriers to care. The implications of our study include a need for improving cultural competence among health care and social services personnel working with Native trauma patients. Additional cumulative analyses of Native healers and trauma patients would contribute to a much-needed body of knowledge on improving recovery and promoting healing among Native trauma patients.
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