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Rethinking professional governanceInternational directions in healthcare$
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Ellen Kuhlmann and Mike Saks

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781861349569

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861349569.001.0001

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Culture matters: integration of folk medicine into healthcare in Russia1

Culture matters: integration of folk medicine into healthcare in Russia1

(p.141) Nine Culture matters: integration of folk medicine into healthcare in Russia1
Rethinking professional governance

Elena Iarskaia-Smirnova

Pavel Romanov

Policy Press

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

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