Māori, Tongan and Chinese households: medications and elder care

Nīkora, Linda Waimarie, Hodgetts, Darrin, Carlson, Teah, Tongi, Lolohea, and Li, Wendy Wen (2010) Māori, Tongan and Chinese households: medications and elder care. In: Proceedings of the 4th International Traditional Knowledge Conference. pp. 251-258. From: 4th International Traditional Knowledge Conference, 6–9 June 2010, Auckland, New Zealand.

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Abstract

Research reveals that medicines are frequently not taken as intended, stockpiled for future use, discontinued when symptoms fade or passed to others. Medications are material objects with therapeutic uses that enter into and take on meaning within people's lives. In this way they are culturally embedded phenomena that carry meanings and shape social relationships and practices. The symbolic meanings given to medications and cultural relations are important for understanding variations in medication practices. Households with elders often contain more medications and have more complex age-related medical conditions. In households where members are engaged in the reciprocation of care among two or three generations, medications within and between these relationships take on a range of dynamic meanings. In this paper, we explore how interactions between household members affect medicines-taking practices of elders and their families from three cultural groups: Māori, Tongan and Chinese. This research was funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand and the Marsden Fund of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Item ID: 18424
Item Type: Conference Item (Non-Refereed Research Paper)
ISBN: 978-0-9864622-0-7
Keywords: medications, home, traditional medicine, cultural relationships, flow, eldercare
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2011 06:21
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing @ 40%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170108 Kaupapa Maori Psychology @ 30%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 30%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920502 Health Related to Ageing @ 60%
92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920305 Maori Health - Health Status and Outcomes @ 20%
92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920308 Pacific Peoples Health - Health Status and Outcomes @ 20%
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