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Pill, Plant or Pray? Siwan Berbers’ experiences of illness, cure and relief
University of Borås, School of Health Science.
University of Borås, School of Health Science.
2008 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

This study is a part of the Minor Field Study Programme funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The study was carried out during the spring of 2008 in the oasis of Siwa. Siwa is situated in the western desert of Egypt. The authors had been informed about the health care resources available and that people only to some extent used those. The study has a qualitative approach and the essay is based on the experiences of seven respondents. The aim of the study is to describe Siwan Berbers’ experiences of illness, cure and relief. Semi structural interviews were conducted and the data was analysed through a qualitative content analysis. The result was compiled into three themes which further were divided into sub themes. The themes were: “the idea of illness”, “explanation models to illness” and “relief and cure”. The result shows that the views on causes to illness affect the actual choice of cure and relief chosen. Furthermore, financial aspects are considered and it is also essential to feel confidence to the caregiver in order to achieve cure and relief. The result is discussed in relation to the background and relevant literature concerning cultural and developing issues. This Minor Field Study is important since it enlightens some of the factors a person takes into consideration when he or she selects alternatives for cure and relief during the illness experience.

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University of Borås/School of Health Sciences , 2008.
Series
Kandidatuppsats ; 2008:91
Keywords [en]
illness, cure, relief, traditional medicine, western medicine, siwa
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-19089Local ID: 2320/4008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-19089DiVA, id: diva2:1311023
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Program: Sjuksköterskeutbildning

Uppsatsnivå: C

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