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Understanding the concept of Usog among the Aetas of Nabuclod, Pampanga, Philippines
AIMS: In spite of the popular belief that Usog produces physical symptoms, the definition of this concept serves to be complex, varying among the different regions in the Philippines. The apparent lack of literature regarding the Aetas’ view on Usog and the health implications of this phenomenon prompted the researchers to explore the concept of Usog among the Aetas of Nabuclod, Pampanga. METHODS: In this qualitative study, in-depth interviews were conducted to gather data from the respondents. Purposive sampling was used in the selection of subjects and informed consent was sought. Following the individual interviews with five different Aeta families, thematic analysis was done so as to identify the common emerging concept of Usog. FINDINGS: It was found that the Aetas of Nabuclod see Usog as a transmittable mystical force primarily inflicted by humans and not by spirits. This force is said to be transferred unintentionally through eye or physical contact. Similarly, this usually affects infants, with crying fits as the most common symptom. The Aetas’ primary treatment for Usog was the use of Amyong as incense or decoction. The saliva of the inflictor of Usog, when applied on the abdomen or forehead of the afflicted infant was also seen as an effective remedy. IMPLICATION: The Aetas of Nabuclod, Pampanga see Usog as a transmittable mystical force unintentionally inflicted by humans through eye or physical contact, thereby producing physical symptoms among its victims. Consequently, community health nurses must be aware of this health belief so as to fully understand its implications to the Aetas’ health-seeking behaviors...
"Amyong, Anito at Usag": Patterns of Health Belief Among Aetas of Nabuclod Pampanga
This study, grounded on focused ethnography, explored the cultural patterns among Aetas of Nabuclod Pampanga specifically zeroing in on those practices that directly and indirectly affect the health of community members. ...
Epilepsy: A Case Study
This presents an analysis of a case of Right Temporal Lobe Epilepsy in terms of possible etiology, pathophysiology, drug analysis and nursing care
“Life in Paradox”: Experiences of Young Adult Stroke Survivors
This study, rooted on phenomenological approach, explored the experiences of post-stoke young adults. Seven (7) participants were gathered as co-researchers and were selected thoroughly based on the following criteria: 1) They are Filipino who had stroke at the age of 15-35 and 2) They are able and willing to articulate, participate, and share their life experiences. Further, the experiences of the participants were gathered and enhanced through the following methods: 1) Interview, and 2) Storytelling. Subsequently, three levels of analysis were done ensuing the process developed by Martinez (2013), grounded on interpretative phenomenology. Through the process of reflective analysis, three themes have emerged and are as follows: (a) “Sometimes, what is forbidden is pleasurable”: Dilemma of Needs and Wants (b) “I accepted it... my family is still accepting it”: Centrality and Ambiguity of the Family (c) “I become feeble but stronger”: Resilience in Vulnerability The themes represent a recurring pattern among the lives of the co-researchers from having the desire to change their old ways and habits but acting otherwise. Further, these patterns are reflected in the positionality of their family as both a burden that reminds them that they have a disease yet serves as the main reason they continue to fight. This also mirrors how they view stroke as something that defeated them but in the process taught them resilience in life. The insight of a “life in paradox”, then serves as the central essence of the study. Insights from the study suggest that the experience of the co-researchers is more than an individual experience of conflict resolution but a phenomenon of family’s contextualization. Studies that explore compliance among post stroke young adult as well as family involvement in rehabilitation is then suggested....
“Masked”: The Lives of Adolescents Undergoing Chemotherapy
(Philippine Journal of Nursing, 2013-12)
Worldwide, cancer still ranks as the second leading cause of death among children. In Asia alone, it continues to be a leading cause of childhood mortality. Though treatment such as chemotherapy have played a major role ...
IMRaD Structure in Qualitative Research Reporting
This paper presents a proposed content in IMRaD structure, APA formatted qualitative research papers
Quality in Qualitative Research
This presentation outlines how rigor can be ascertained in the conduct of a qualitative research. It first gives an overview of the nature of qualitative inquiry then tackles the varying meaning and methods of appreciating ...
Ischemic Stroke: A Case Study
This presents an analysis of a case of Ischemic stroke in terms of possible etiology, pathophysiology, drug analysis and nursing care