Learning from and with Patients: The Role of Culture

Ayesha Younas, Subha Ramani, Herman E Popeijus, Marjan Govaerts

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Abstract

During my childhood (AY), one enduring memory etched in my mind is that of my mother’s pollen allergy. It began as a seasonal affliction when I was young, and I distinctly remember the distressing sight of her struggling for breath, prompting multiple emergency room visits. Over the years, she sought the assistance of various doctors and tried different combinations of anti-asthmatic medications, yet none provided lasting relief.

However, a turning point arrived when my determined mother decided she had endured enough and opted to explore traditional herbal remedies. Despite facing opposition from her concerned children, who feared for her well-being, she remained resolute and introduced cinnamon tea as a daily part of her routine. Although it took a few months, as pollen season approached that year, her allergies became scarcely noticeable and seemed to have disappeared entirely.

Intrigued by this remarkable transformation, I accompanied her to her consultant, who was astounded by her improved condition. When he learned of her remedy, he expressed admiration and informed her that he would recommend it to his other patients as well. Recently, I met her consultant again, at our local hospital, and he shared with me that many of his other patients had reported significant improvements in their breathing by incorporating cinnamon tea into their treatment plans.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2259757
Pages (from-to)1-3
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of CME
Volume12
Issue number1
Early online date2 Oct 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished online - 2 Oct 2023

Keywords

  • Patient involvement;
  • continuous professional development;
  • culture
  • role of culture

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