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How to overcome stigma about diseases

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Gerrish K et al (2013) Knowledge of TB within the Somali community. Nursing Times; 109: 20, 22-23

Authors

Kate Gerrish is professor of nursing research at the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust; Andy Naisby is TB specialist nurse at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust; Mubarak Ismail is research assistant at Sheffield Hallam University.

 

THIS ARTICLE WILL TELL YOU ABOUT

  • How research in to the Somali community in the UK was carried out
  • The knowledge and attitudes about tuberculosis within the Somali community
  • How nurses can tailor their practice around different ethnic minority groups to provide best possible care

 

YOU WOULD BE LIKELY TO REFERENCE THIS ARTICLE IF YOU WERE RESEARCHING

How culture, beliefs and attitudes about disease and infection can affect individual’s willingness to engage with treatment providers. It also gives advice on how problems engaging with hard-to-reach groups can be overcome.

 

IN WHAT SITUATIONS WILL THIS ARTICLE BE USEFUL FOR ME?

As well as the above, this article could be useful to you in situations where you are required to deal with culturally sensitive issues.

It also gives factual information about tuberculosis and how it is transmitted, as well as providing an understanding of how the Somali community, in particular, view the disease.

 

QUESTIONS FOR YOUR MENTOR/TUTOR

  • Are there any groups of patients that you find particularly difficult to engage with?
  • Does stigma about diseases still exist in modern healthcare?

 

STUDENT NT DECODER

Tuberculosis

Also known as TB. An infectious disease that usually attacks the lungs, although it can affect other parts of the body. TB is an airborne virus and can only be spread in this way.

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