Traditional medicines, collective negotiation, and representations of risk in Indian cancer care

Broom, Alex F. and Doron, Assa (2012) Traditional medicines, collective negotiation, and representations of risk in Indian cancer care. Qualitative Health Research, 23 1: 54-65. doi:10.1177/1049732312462242


Author Broom, Alex F.
Doron, Assa
Title Traditional medicines, collective negotiation, and representations of risk in Indian cancer care
Journal name Qualitative Health Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1049-7323
1552-7557
Publication date 2012-10-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1049732312462242
Volume 23
Issue 1
Start page 54
End page 65
Total pages 12
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Cancer is emerging as a key disease in India, but there has been virtually no research exploring understandings of cancer and practices of communication within oncology settings. This is despite the fact that the Indian context presents clinicians, patients, and family members with a range of unique challenges, including those related to disease awareness, interpersonal dynamics, and the use of traditional,  complementary, and alternative medicines (TCAM). Drawing on a series of qualitative interviews with 22 Delhi-based oncology clinicians, in this article we examine clinicians’ accounts of communication with their cancer patients. The interviews reveal the challenges of communication given cancer’s relative novelty, cultural practices around collective negotiation, and rhetorical practices evident in advice-giving
regarding TCAM. We conclude that with cancer set to become a major burden in India, research exploring competing forms of expertise, the politics of representation, and the nexus between traditional beliefs and techno-scientific development is urgently needed.
Keyword Cancer
Developing countries
Health care
Alternative and complementary; interviews
Semistructured
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes OnlineFirst Version of Record: 8 October 2012.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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