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Gesondheidsvoorligting - Twee Kulture

Elsje J Hall
Curationis | Vol 8, No 1 | a486 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v8i1.486 | © 1985 Elsje J Hall | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 September 1985 | Published: 27 September 1985

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Elsje J Hall,, South Africa

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Daily exposure of Blacks to the Western culture has been brought about by their urbanisation. This causes involuntary adaptations and changes at all levels, including in the field of health. In order to investigate the effects of exposure to the Western culture on the knowledge and practices of Blacks regarding health services the Institute for Communication Research of the HSRC undertook a study in Atteridgeville near Pretoria. It was determined that most residents had great trust in the medical practitioner and the nurse. The mother was the family member who supported fellow members of the family most during illness. Parents of younger respondents appeared to be their most important source of information about the doctor, hospital and pharmacist while their friends took this part regarding the nyaka, isangoma and moprofeta. Although the Western system of health care has an influence on the urban Black, it appears that the Black non-Western health system is still functioning.


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