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In het kader van een studie over het gebruik van Ayurveda, en specifiek het gebruik van Ashwagandha hadden we graag de hulp ingeroepen van iedereen die hier enige ervaring mee heeft als aanbieder of gebruiker van Ayurveda, om samen aan wetenschap co-creatie te doen. Antwoorden zijn welkom bij yannick.pots@naturopathica.be

 

The Perspective of Ayurvedic Medicine on Breast Cancer and whether this Approach might Improve our Understanding resp. Treatment of Breast Cancer resp. Use of Withania (g.) somnifera (s.) (L.) Dunal (Ashwagandha) – Qualitative Research Methods for the Health Sciences Applied

Yannick Pots
 
 
In-Depth Interview Guide
 
Introduction
This research is being conducted to get to know the view of patient(s), pharmacist(s), herborist(s), doctor(s), Indian people living in Belgium,… about Ayurveda/Ayurvedic Medicine, resp. the use of Withania (genus) somnifera (species) (L.) Dunal (also called Ashwagandha). I am conducting this research for my credit contract course “qualitative research for the health sciences” at the Free University of Brussels (VUB) in Belgium (Prof. Reginald Deschepper). I am especially interested in the opinions of the patients, and also pharmacist(s), herborist(s), doctor(s), Indian people living in Belgium as well, who I will interview. The questions I would like to ask you relate to the topics of the Ayurveda/Ayurvedic Medicine resp. the use of Withania somnifera (also called Ashwagandha). Everything you tell me will only be used for this research project, and will not be shared with anyone outside the research team. Also your name will not be used, to make sure that no one can identify you with any answers. You have already consented to the interview with the consent form. Do you have any questions before we begin?
 
Background information
No. of interview:
Age:
Urban or rural residence:
Education:
 
Opening questions
1. Can you tell me about the time when you became first in contact with Ayurveda/Ayurvedic Medicine?
Probe: When, how, by who?
2. Can you tell me about the time when you became first in contact with Withania somnifera, also called Ashwagandha ?
Probe: When, how, by who?
 
Questions about Ayurvedic Medicine
3. What is your Perspective of/on Ayurvedic Medicine?
4. What is your Perspective of/on Ayurvedic Medicine on Breast Cancer, resp. other cancers, resp. other diseases?
5. Why/how Might this approach improve our Understanding of Breast Cancer, resp. other cancers, resp. other diseases?
6. Why/how Might this approach improve our Treatment of Breast Cancer, resp. other cancers, resp. other diseases?
 
Questions about use of Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha)
7. What is your Perspective of/on Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha) ?
8. What is your Perspective of/on Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha) on Breast Cancer, resp. other cancers, resp. other diseases?
9. Why/how Might this Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha)-approach improve our Understanding of Breast Cancer, resp. other cancers, resp. other diseases?
10. Why/how Might this Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha)-approach improve our Treatment of Breast Cancer, resp. other cancers, resp. other diseases?
 
Closing Questions
11. What do you think is the main role of Health Sciences ?
12. What are your hopes for the Health in the future?
 
 
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