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|Title: ||Prevalence and pattern of traditional medical therapy utilisation in Kumasi Metropolis and Sekyeres outhdistrict,Ghana|
|Authors: ||Gyasi, Razak Mohammed|
Siaw, Lawrencia Pokuah
Mensah, Charlotte Monica
|Keywords: ||Biologically-based therapy|
|Issue Date: ||2015|
|Publisher: ||Journal of Ethnopharmacology161 (2015)138–146|
|Citation: ||Journal of Ethnopharmacology161 (2015)138–146|
|Abstract: ||Ethnopharmacological relevance: Whilst over three-quarters of the world's population continues to use
traditional medicine (TRM) with an increasing trend globally,limited data exist in the Ashanti Region
regarding TRM utilisation.This study espoused a retrospective cross-sectional quantitative approach to
examine the prevalence and pattern of TRM use among the general population in the Kumasi Metropolis
and Sekyere South District,Ghana.
Materials and methods: A sample of 324,drawn through systematic random sampling was used.The
main instrument for data collection was formal face-to-face interviewer-administered questionnaire.
Data were analysed using Chi-square and Fisher’s exact tests from the PASW (V.17.0) with pr0.05 as
Results: The survey found that TRM use alongside conventional medicines was pervasive with prevalence
of 86.1%.Biologically-based therapies(88.5%)and distant prayer interventions(58.4%)were commonly
used modalities through the influence of families(50.3%),friends(19.4%)and the mass media(18.0%).
Whilst self-administration and purchases from pharmacy shops remained important sources of TRM,
TMPs' consultation was less credible(po0.005).The disclosurerate of TRM use to health care professionals
remained low(12.2%; po0.001).
Conclusion: Concomitant TRM use with conventional the rapies without disclosure may interfere with the
potency of treatment regimen and result in drug interactions.Inclusion of alternative medicines on the
National Health InsuranceScheme’s drug plan will fortify monitoring and professional administration of
TRM. Information as regards TRM use needs to be incorporated into clinical and medical practice,.......|
|Description: ||An article published by Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 161; (2015)138–146|
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