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Title: Cultural resources for health participation: Examining biomedicine, acupuncture, and massage therapy for HIV-related peripheral neuropathy
Authors: Ho, Evelyn Y.
Robles, Jessica
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: © Taylor & Francis
Citation: HO, E.Y. and ROBLES, J., 2011. Cultural resources for health participation: Examining biomedicine, acupuncture, and massage therapy for HIV-related peripheral neuropathy. Health Communication, 26(2), pp. 135-146.
Abstract: In this article we use a culture-centered approach to understand people’s experiences of treatment options for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-related peripheral neuropathy. We present from often unheard and marginalized voices the stories of how people live with this chronic illness and negotiate treatment options. Based on individual and group interviews, participants reported that biomedical pills were an important context for understanding decision making regarding neuropathy treatment. While most people spoke of the necessity of these drugs for their survival, they also expressed deep resentment and frustration with biomedically prescribed pills. Complaints about the pills worked to frame the holistic alternatives of acupuncture and massage therapy as better options for neuropathy and to establish a foundation for understanding how participants made particular health treatment decisions. Through strategically refusing certain drugs and choosing holistic treatments instead, participants asserted agency and control over their health decision making. By choosing holistic therapies, these clients were able to make choices about their neuropathy treatment in light of the many issues surrounding drug toxicity and treatment efficacy.
Description: This paper is in closed access.
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2010.541991
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/20529
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2010.541991
ISSN: 1041-0236
Appears in Collections:Closed Access (Social Sciences)

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