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Title:Perceptions in Anthropological Context, With Specific Reference to Health-Care in South Africa
Author:De Villiers, Stephne
Periodical:South African Journal of Ethnology
Geographic term:South Africa
public health
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Health and Nutrition
Anthropology and Archaeology
Abstract:For many black patients in South Africa consultation of a medical doctor takes place in a multicultural clinical setting because doctor and patient do not necessarily share the same frame of reference regarding health care. This article first provides an anthropological perspective of the nature of perceptions. Then it examines the perceptions of 19 South African patients of conditions of ill health, and their perceptions of doctors, the hospital, nurses and medical treatment. Finally, it looks more closely at the implications of these perceptions for the patients' behaviour. Research was conducted among Xhosa-speaking patients in a provincial hospital in the Eastern Cape during two months in 1987 and four months in 1988. Bibliogr., sum. in English and Afrikaans.