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Title: Therapeutic itineraries and explanations for tuberculosis: an indigenous perspective
Authors: Nogueira, Laura Maria Vidal
Teixeira, Elizabeth
Basta, Paulo Cesar
Motta, Maria Catarina Salvador da
Affilliation: Universidade do Estado do Pará. Departamento de Enfermagem Comunitária. Belém, PA, Brasil
Universidade do Estado do Pará. Departamento de Enfermagem Comunitária. Belém, PA, Brasil
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz. Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública Sérgio Arouca. Departamento de Endemias. Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. Escola de Enfermagem Anna Nery. Departamento de Saúde Pública. Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil
Abstract: OBJECTIVE To analyze explanations for tuberculosis and therapeutic itineraries of Brazilian indigenous people. METHODS Case study with a qualitative-descriptive approach. We conducted semi-structured interviews with 11 Munduruku indigenous, including direct observation of treatment for tuberculosis in the municipality of Jacareacanga, south-western region of the state of Para, Brazil. To identify explanations for tuberculosis and therapeutic itineraries, we performed thematic content analysis. RESULTS Traditional medicine was the first therapeutic option chosen by the indigenous. However, biomedicine was also employed, which indicates a circulation between different therapeutic contexts and health concepts among the Munduruku. The explanations provided ranged from recognition of the signs and symptoms specific to tuberculosis to the attribution of the disease to a spirit that leaves the body and wanders in the woods, returning ill into the body. Unlike the biomedical model, which links tuberculosis transmission strictly to interpersonal contact, in closed spaces without natural lighting and ventilation (preferably domestic environments), the Munduruku associate the disease to an indirect contact between people socially distant (enemies or adversaries) in public and open places. CONCLUSIONS The explanations made by the indigenous are unique and deserve the attention of those who are responsible for developing health public policies, as well as of the teams who work on the villages. To guarantee an efficient control of tuberculosis in these regions, it is necessary that the developed actions integrate biomedicine knowledge and the traditional medicine of the indigenous people, in addition to respecting and welcoming local culture manifestations.
Keywords: Brasil
Índios Sul-Americanos
Região Norte
Saúde de Populações Indígenas
Região Amazônica
Pará
DSEI Rio Tapajós
Tuberculose
Medicina Tradicional
Munduruku
Biomedicina
Pesquisa Qualitativa
Conhecimentos, Atitudes e Prática em Saúde
Sistemas Médicos
Itinerários Terapêuticos
DeCS: Brasil
Saúde de Populações Indígenas
Índios Sul-Americanos
Ecossistema Amazônico
Medicina Tradicional
Pesquisa Qualitativa
Conhecimentos, Atitudes e Prática em Saúde
Munduruku
Biomedicina
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Faculdade de Saúde Pública da Universidade de São Paulo
Citation: NOGUEIRA, Laura Maria Vidal. et al. Therapeutic itineraries and explanations for tuberculosis: an indigenous perspective. Revista de Saúde Pública, v. 49, n. 96, p. 1-7, 2015.
metadata.dc.identifier.doi: 10.1590/S0034-8910.2015049005904
ISSN: 0034-8910
1518-8787
Other Identifiers: 10.1590/S0034-8910.2015049005904
0034-8910 1518-8787
Copyright: open access
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