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Transdisciplinary research on cancer-healing systems between biomedicine and the Maya of Guatemala : a tool for reciprocal reflexivity in a multi-epistemological setting

Berger-González, Mónica and Stauffacher, Michael and Zinsstag, Jakob and Edwards, Peter and Krütli, Pius. (2016) Transdisciplinary research on cancer-healing systems between biomedicine and the Maya of Guatemala : a tool for reciprocal reflexivity in a multi-epistemological setting. Qualitative health research, 26 (1). pp. 77-91.

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Abstract

Transdisciplinarity (TD) is a participatory research approach in which actors from science and society work closely together. It offers means for promoting knowledge integration and finding solutions to complex societal problems, and can be applied within a multiplicity of epistemic systems. We conducted a TD process from 2011 to 2014 between indigenous Mayan medical specialists from Guatemala and Western biomedical physicians and scientists to study cancer. Given the immense cultural gap between the partners, it was necessary to develop new methods to overcome biases induced by ethnocentric behaviors and power differentials. This article describes this intercultural cooperation and presents a method of reciprocal reflexivity (Bidirectional Emic-Etic tool) developed to overcome them. As a result of application, researchers observed successful knowledge integration at the epistemic level, the social-organizational level, and the communicative level throughout the study. This approach may prove beneficial to others engaged in facilitating participatory health research in complex intercultural settings.
Faculties and Departments:09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)
09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) > Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH) > Human and Animal Health > One Health (Zinsstag)
UniBasel Contributors:Zinsstag, Jakob Z
Item Type:Article, refereed
ISSN:1552-7557
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Last Modified:30 Jun 2016 11:03
Deposited On:19 Apr 2016 09:48

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