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Exploring my cultural understanding of physiotherapy in a different culture: An autoethnographic Minor Field Study conducted in India
2011 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Background: Cultural factors are important aspects in physiotherapy, as our world globalizes meetings between healthcare givers and patients from diverse cultures increases. When different cultures meet in treatment situations problems can emerge that could impede the relationship between the physiotherapist (PT) and patient. There are tools for the PT to increase success in these t meetings, but insufficient research regarding PTs own personal experiences when meeting different cultures. Aim: The aim of this thesis was to describe my own experiences and reactions as a PT student when meeting a different physiotherapy culture. Methodology: The study was conducted in India at four different PT clinical settings during seven weeks. Autoethnographic observational method was used with a theoretical framework for cultural competence in the data collection to connect the subjective experiences of the settings. The field data was analyzed with a qualitative content analysis to find recurring themes. Findings: The analysis resulted in five different themes: Reflecting on the structure of the physiotherapy context, reflecting on the physiotherapy work, Reflection on patient’s in physiotherapy work, Being in the field and Being a student with minor experience and knowledge. Conclusion: Facing a different culture with minor clinical and life experience lead me to experience confusion of languages, fear of losing face, getting my cultural beliefs questioned but as well my progress to enhance communication. The conducting and analyzing process of this thesis in helped me gain further insight of the importance of cultural factors and diversity in physiotherapy.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 42 p.
Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law, Culture, Reflections, Autoethnography
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik, Culture, Reflection, Autoethnography
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-42134Local ID: 02fea767-d3d8-4305-ade8-17bad5977524OAI: diva2:1015350
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
Physiotherapy, bachelor's level
Validerat; 20110405 (anonymous)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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