Struggling to be involved: An interprofessional approach to examine Maori whanau engagement with healthcare services
2 Faculty of Health & Environmental Sciences, Auckland University of Technology, Private Bag 92 006, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
Received Date: Nov 19, 2019 / Accepted Date: Dec 16, 2019 / Published Date: Dec 23, 2019
Citation: Wepa D, Wilson D. Struggling to be involved: An interprofessional approach to examine MÃÂÃÂori whÃÂÃÂnau engagement with healthcare services. J Nur Res Prac. 2019; 3(3):01-05.
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Aim: Explain the processes that whÄnau MÄori used when engaging with healthcare services from an interprofessional approach.
Methods: A qualitative design using kaupapa MÄori methodology and constructivist grounded theory. The researchers were a registered social worker and registered nurse from New Zealand. We used semi-structured interviews with 20 MÄori whÄnau (74 people aged 18-70 years) living in rural and urban areas in New Zealand about their engagement with healthcare services. The data analysis used constant comparative analysis to develop a substantive grounded theory to explain the processes MÄori whÄnau use when engaging with healthcare services.
Results: MÄori whÄnau faced discrimination and constant struggles whilst engaging in health services to improve the health of their whÄnau member. Despite the many negative experiences, the collective orientation and the obligations of whÄnau contributed to their imperative to achieve the best healthcare for their whÄnau member. Struggling to be involvedexplains how MÄori whÄnau experience and navigate healthcare services amid surviving the experience and being MÄori, which together with a range of strategies that paradoxically assisted them to manage and survive their healthcare experience.
Conclusion: Current healthcare interventions do not appear to work for MÄori whÄnau in our study. Struggling to be involvedcontributes new knowledge about nature of MÄori whÄnau engagement with healthcare services and signals areas where interprofessionals can assist with reducing health inequities for MÄori.