March 24, 2013
New approach needed for asthma
New research from Otago University indicates medical professionals need to learn better cultural engagement skills if they are help Maori patients manage their asthma.
Co-author Bernadette Jones says the Pukapuka Hauora asthma study showed while doctors and nurses try to be respectful, they lack practical tools to engage with Maori.
That’s one reason that Maori asthma rates remain among the worst in the world, while the rates among Pakeha have improved over time.
She says they need to use a Maori health model that looks at health holistically, with an emphasis on whanau rather than the individual.
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