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Indigenous health: cultural aspects of the painful experience in Amazon indigenous

Grant number: 16/23183-1
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: February 01, 2017 - July 31, 2019
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Nursing - Public Health Nursing
Principal Investigator:Eliseth Ribeiro Leão de Andrade Silva
Grantee:Eliseth Ribeiro Leão de Andrade Silva
Home Institution: Instituto Israelita de Ensino e Pesquisa Albert Einstein (IIEPAE). Sociedade Beneficente Israelita Brasileira Albert Einstein (SBIBAE). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Assoc. researchers: Fernanda Amendola


The painful experience is quite complex and is influenced by the sociocultural context of each individual. So far, we do not know how this experience is expressed in the indigenous culture in our country. Moreover, we have observed that health professionals tend to completely overlook traditional medicine. Objectives: To know the main pain complaints of indigenous people of the region under study and therapies used for the pain management; to check how health professionals work in the indigenous pain management; and to develop a booklet with information and recommendations for the indigenous pain management, based on biomedicine and cultural practices of traditional medicine, to be used by the health teams of the Special Indigenous Health Districts (DSEIs). Methodology: This is an observational study, descriptive and exploratory with ethnographic approach. A convenience sample will consist of participants in two target populations: 1) indigenous - of the Upper Rio Negro ethnic groups and the Vale do Javari - and 2) health professionals of regional DSEIs. To knowledge of pain and treatments available, an interview, photos and movie will carry out with the indigenous people, and a questionnaire for health professionals will be held. The qualitative analysis will be conducted from the perspective of the Theory of Diversity and Universality of Cultural Care Madeleine Leininger (AU)

Articles published in Agência FAPESP Newsletter about the research grant
Indigenous people in the Amazon are frequently in pain but do not complain 
Articles published in other media outlets (2 total):
Pesquisa inédita mostra como os índios brasileiros lidam com a dor 
Pesquisa inédita mostra como indígenas brasileiros lidam com a dor