Maya healers’ conception of cancer may help in multicultural settings of healthcare

heal-15-mUnderstanding and integrating patients’ cultural beliefs into cancer treatment plans may help improve their acceptance of and adherence to treatment in multicultural settings. Researchers examined traditional Maya healers’ understanding of cancer and published their findings online today in the Journal of Global Oncology.

In-depth interviews were conducted with 67 healers across various ethnic and language groups in Guatemala exploring how its indigenous people define and treat cancer. The analysis found that, while key differences emerge between Maya and Western medicine perspectives, they also share many fundamental concepts.

Read about the study in ScienceDaily website and the journal article here