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Dissonant roles: The experience of Māori in cancer care

NZ Literature Abstract

posted by WM Admin on 15 June 2015


Kevin Dew
Louise Signal
Cheryl Davies
Huia Tavite
Carolyn M. Hooper
Diana Sarfati
Jeannine Stairmand
Chris Cunningham

Year of Publication



Social Science & Medicine, 138, 144–151

Publication Type

Journal article (peer reviewed)

Publication Status



This research provides insight into some of the mechanisms that hinder and facilitate care access for Māori. Thirty four people who had undergone cancer treatment (19 Māori and 15 non-Māori) were interviewed by two Māori researchers. From the analysis of the results, the authors suggest that "... the classical patient role, or sick role, inadequately captures the kind of role that some Māori take in relation to their healthcare. Māori can also have culturally specific family (whānau) influences and a greater draw towards alternative approaches to healthcare. Dissonant roles contribute to a different experience for Māori". The authors discuss the implications for developing a better understanding of the categories and roles that are relevant to those who have cancer.

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