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Medical and applied anthropology: some examples
Transcript of Medical and applied anthropology: some examples
The Optimus Project
The message is not getting acrosss.
How are people evaluating these messages?
What impact does informal communication have on behavior?
How can we design more effective health campaigns?
What is Buruli ulcer?
How do you get it?
How do you treat it?
No one knows!
50% of all cases are children 4-15.
90% of ulcers form on limbs.
Swab for detection
Consequences of non-compliance can be severe
What can an anthropologist do?
Why do some people delay treatment?
Why do some people seek treatment right away?
Treatment is free; do people know that?
How much does free treatment cost?
What role do traditional healers play?
What are the routes of transmission?
Are outreach systems effective at detecting cases early?
Are outreach systems effective at convincing possible cases to seek treatment?
And on and on....
Notice that a lot of medical anthropology is not about changing patient behavior, but in showing medical personnel the value of social science input.
Hospital staff motivation
Cost to household
Ongoing- and very
different for each country
University of South Florida