Illness Experiences, Collective Decisions, and the Therapeutic Encounter in Indian Oncology

Broom, A and Chittem, Mahati and Bowden, V and Muppavaram, N and Rajappa, S (2017) Illness Experiences, Collective Decisions, and the Therapeutic Encounter in Indian Oncology. Qualitative Health Research, 27 (7). pp. 951-963. ISSN 1049-7323

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Abstract

Social science scholarship on cancer has been almost exclusively focused on Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries, despite a significant epidemiological transition taking place in many non-OECD contexts, with cancer emerging as a prominent, and strongly feared, illness experience. With cancer gaining an increasingly high profile in India, there is an urgent need to explore how experiences of cancer may be socially and culturally embedded, and in turn, how localized practices may shape the therapeutic encounter. Here, drawing on interviews with 40 people living with cancer in Hyderabad, India, we focus on some specific components of their therapeutic journeys, including diagnostic and prognostic disclosure, collective versus individual decision making, the dynamics of medical authority, and the reception of cancer within their social milieu. These participants' accounts provide insight into a range of cultural sensibilities around illness and care, and reinforce the importance of understanding the cultural inflections of communication, decisions, and illness experiences.

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Chittem, MahatiUNSPECIFIED
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Asia, South; cancer; sociology; culture; qualitative
Subjects: Social sciences > Sociology
Arts > Liberal arts
Divisions: Department of Liberal Arts
Depositing User: Team Library
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2017 05:58
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2017 06:47
URI: http://raiith.iith.ac.in/id/eprint/3314
Publisher URL: https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732316648125
OA policy: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/1049-7323/
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