Culture matters: integration of folk medicine into healthcare in Russia<sup>1</sup>

Elena Iarskaia-Smirnova and Pavel Romanov

in Rethinking professional governance

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9781861349569
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303251 | DOI:
Culture matters: integration of folk medicine into healthcare in Russia1

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This chapter further explores the challenges of integrating emerging professional groups and the significance of culture, discussing the integration of folk medicine in healthcare in the cultural context of Russia — not least through professionalisation. The integration of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) into orthodox healthcare systems and the professionalisation of these services are global phenomena. These developments place new challenges on both the governance of healthcare and the dominance of orthodox medicine. Findings from interviews highlight the flexibility of boundaries between doctors and healers and the diverse strategies of professionalisation in the context of Russian culture and market-driven transformations.

Keywords: folk medicine; Russia; culture; healthcare; alternative medicine

Chapter.  6152 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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