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Healthcare professionals' management and treatment methods of pain in conventional and traditional medicine in Sri Lanka
University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for nursing - undergraduate level.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Background: Pain is a complex and common phenomena in healthcare. Pharmaceuticals is the main method of treatment and is considered to be cheap, effective and safe. But despite this, pain is still widely untreated. Traditional medicine has come to play an important, yet underestimated part of healthcare in the world. The request of traditional medicine continues to increase and spread to new areas of the world. Sri Lanka provides a public healthcare system of both conventional medicine and the traditional medicine of Ayurveda, and thereby can exemplify differences in pain relief management in the different medicine traditions.

Aim: To examine healthcare professionals' management and treatment methods of pain in conventional and traditional medicine in Sri Lanka.

Method: An empirical study based on interviews were conducted in Sri Lanka with informants from both an Ayurvedic hospital and the National Cancer Institute of Colombo.

Result: Three themes were identified providing information on view on pain, how it is to work with pain and how pain is treated in conventional and traditional medicine.

Conclusion: Due to the differences in the understanding of pain, the conventional medicine and Ayurveda has varieties in the treatment of pain. In conventional medicine, pain was treated as an isolated symptom. In Ayurveda, pain was viewed more holistically and considered as a secondary effect of an underlying imbalance.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 25 p.
Keyword [en]
Conventional medicine, pain, pain relief management, Sri Lanka, traditional medicine
National Category
Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-11289Local ID: EXO502OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-11289DiVA: diva2:1130762
Subject / course
Nursing science
Educational program
Nursing Programme
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Available from: 2017-08-15 Created: 2017-08-11 Last updated: 2017-08-15Bibliographically approved

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