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Physician biases in diagnosis and prescribing
Concomitant use of herbal and Western medicine
Cost and availability of medications
1. Do you
have any feelings about taking medication(s)? What does it mean
for you to take medication(s)?
would your family, friends, (or your significant others) think of
you if you take medication(s)?
if any, are your concerns about the effects and/or side
effects of your medication(s)?
4. Do you
have any religious beliefs regarding the taking of medications?
are the benefits of taking medications?
are the benefits of not taking medications?
the color, size, or form of medications mean anything to you?
8. Do you
have any concerns about losing control if you take medication? (If
yes, please elaborate.)
the possibility of change, even if it is positive change, make you
worried or uncomfortable? (If yes, please elaborate.)
taking medication change the way you view yourself? (If yes, please
taking medication affect your self-esteem? (If yes, please elaborate.)
you tell me more about your specific worries or dilemmas you have
when thinking about medication?
from Gaw AC: Concise Guide to Cross-Cultural Psychiatry. Washington,
DC, American Psychiatric Publishing, 2001, p. 158. Copyright 2001,
American Psychiatric Publishing. Used with permission.