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Revista de Saúde Pública

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Abstract

HERNANDEZ TEZOQUIPA, Isabel; ARENAS MONREAL, María de la Luz  and  VALDE SANTIAGO, Rosario. Health care at home setting: social interaction and daily life. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 2001, vol.35, n.5, pp. 443-450. ISSN 0034-8910.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89102001000500006.

OBJECTIVE: To explore the boundaries and agents which make up women's knowledge about health care. METHODS: A qualitative study was carried out in 4 regions in Mexico. Forty middle-aged women (between 35 and 65 years old) were interviewed and their responses analyzed. RESULTS: The findings of this study point out to the relationship of women and their different social interactions with their health care practice. Among these interactions are: the contact with health services (which shapes the way women take care of their own health and their family); mass media (particularly television); use of medicines; traditional healers; knowledge acquired from their grandparents, mothers, and peers; and women's own experience while taking care of their family. Health care at home setting is a mixture of traditional healing practices and the conventional medical practices disseminated among the population. CONCLUSION: The different social interactions in which women are involved make up the way Mexican women take care of their own health and their family.

Keywords : Home nursing; Knowledge, atitudes, practice; Women; Interpersonal relations; Health education; Health services; Self care; Social interaction.

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