A cross cultural study of the health-seeking behaviours of Nigerians from the perspective of Nigerian care providers: challenges for collaboration

Onyigbuo, Chineme and van den Akker, Olga and Alexis-Garsee, Camille (2015) A cross cultural study of the health-seeking behaviours of Nigerians from the perspective of Nigerian care providers: challenges for collaboration. Humanities and Social Sciences Review, 4 (3). pp. 537-554. ISSN 2165-6258

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Abstract

Previous studies show that health provider’s beliefs and values can influence the therapeutic process. Evidence also suggests there is increased polarisation between secular and spiritual understandings of illness aetiology, with most treatment approaches becoming antagonistic to each other and care providers lacking adequate skills needed in handling the complexities involved in patients’ illness conditions. This qualitative study focused on the experiences and perceptions of Nigerian clergy and health professionals towards understanding the determinants of health seeking behaviours among Nigerians with a view to enhancing healthcare utilisation through collaboration among different care providers. Data collection was based on 3 focus group discussions conducted in Nigeria with a total of 18 participants. Thematic Analysis (TA) was used for data analysis. Findings showed that care providers perceived religious cure methods as predominantly used by Nigerians, a choice that is viewed as a potential barrier to healthcare utilisation and necessitates the urgency for a culture-sensitive and integrative health intervention through clergy-health professionals’ collaboration.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Applied Health Psychology group
Item ID: 21145
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Depositing User: Olga Van Den akker
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2017 17:24
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2018 06:18
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/21145

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