Perceptions of health, illness and physiotherapy of Maori identifying with Ngati Tama iwi

White, N., Mavoa, H. and Bassett, S. F. 1999, Perceptions of health, illness and physiotherapy of Maori identifying with Ngati Tama iwi, New Zealand journal of physiotherapy, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 5-15.


Title Perceptions of health, illness and physiotherapy of Maori identifying with Ngati Tama iwi
Author(s) White, N.
Mavoa, H.
Bassett, S. F.
Journal name New Zealand journal of physiotherapy
Volume number 27
Issue number 1
Start page 5
End page 15
Publisher New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists
Place of publication Wellington, New Zealand
Publication date 1999-04
ISSN 0303-7193
Keyword(s) health beliefs
Aborigines -- New Zealand
physical therapy practice -- New Zealand
attitude to health
New Zealand
ethnological research
exploratory research
semi-structured interview
funding source
Summary The purpose of this study was to explore the perceptions of health, illness and the delivery of physiotherapy amongst a group of contemporary Maori. The methodology was established in collaboration with Kaumatua of the Ngati iwi. This resulted in the data collection consisting of semi-structured interviews, which used open-ended questions. As with other studies of cultural health issues both quantitative and qualitative data were collected. Nineteen people identifying with this iwi volunteered to participate. The majority of participants had some involvement in the Maori culture. All participants had used the western orthodox health system, with approximately 50% of them having also used traditional Maori methods of healing. Their perceptions of health and illness beliefs reflected a mixture of western orthodox medicine theories and traditional Maori beliefs. Despite only 10 participants having experienced physiotherapy, the majority had a good understanding of what physiotherapy is. While those who had received physiotherapy regarded it positively, there was a general feeling amongst the participants that it could be delivered in a more culturally sensitive manner. This did not necessarily mean that Maori people wanted to be treated at a clinic on the Marae or by Maori physiotherapists.
Language eng
Field of Research 111713 Maori Health
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30025336

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Faculty of Health
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