Achieving peace and harmony in life: Thai Buddhists living with HIV/AIDS

Authors

  • Quantar Balthip PhD RN,

    Assistant Professor at Faculty of Nursing, Corresponding author
    • Public Health Department, Faculty of Nursing, Prince of Songkla University, Hatyai, Songkla, Thailand
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  • Usanee Petchruschatachart MS RN,

    Associate Professor at Faculty of Nursing
    1. Public Health Department, Faculty of Nursing, Prince of Songkla University, Hatyai, Songkla, Thailand
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  • Siriwan Piriyakoontorn MS RN,

    Assistant Professor at Faculty of Nursing
    1. Public Health Department, Faculty of Nursing, Prince of Songkla University, Hatyai, Songkla, Thailand
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  • Julie Boddy PhD RN

    Professor of Nursing
    1. School of Nursing, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand
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Correspondence: Quantar Balthip, Public Health Department, Faculty of Nursing, Prince of Songkla University, Hatyai, Songkla 90112, Thailand. Email: quantar.b@psu.ac.th

Abstract

This study aimed to reveal the process of achieving peace and harmony in life by Thai Buddhists living with HIV/AIDS in Southern Thailand. Data were gathered from 28 Thai Buddhist participants aged 18 years or older, who had lived with HIV/AIDS for 5 years or more. Purposive, snowball and theoretical sampling techniques were used to recruit the participants. Data collection, using in-depth interviews, was carried out over a 7 month period between 2011 and 2012. Grounded theory was used to guide the process of data analysis. Two categories emerged to describe the core category ‘Achieving Peace and Harmony in life’: (i) understanding and accepting that nothing is permanent and (ii) living life with contentment. Findings are valuable for health professionals in enhancing peace and harmony for their patients.

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