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Huarahi rongoa ki a ngai tatou: Maori views on rongoa Maori and primary health

36 months
Approved budget:
Dr Glenis Mark
Health issue:
Other (generic health or health services)
Proposal type:
Māori Health Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lay summary
This qualitative research project aims to explore Maori consumers’ perspectives on health, their experiences of rongoa Maori and/or primary health services and their views on integration between rongoa Maori and primary health care. Two groups of Maori consumers, one who use rongoa in addition to primary health treatment, and one who use primary health treatment only, will be interviewed. The data will be analysed using qualitative techniques of thematic analysis. This research aims to contribute to knowledge on how Maori beliefs on health and illness contribute to health treatment choice, and how their health treatment experiences reveal ways to improve the interface between rongoa and primary health services from the perspective of the Maori consumer.