The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of utilization of native medicine and the reasons for using it.
A cross-sectional study of all persons attending the seven primary health care centers in Arar city (i.e. consumers) was conducted.
A 20% systematic random sample of consumers was selected from each center giving a total sample of 2320.
Consumers were interviewed by trained physicians using a structured questionnaire.
A total of 554 (23.9%) consumers reported use of any type of native medicine during the last six months.
Herbs were the most common type of native medicine used (about 29 types were used).
Cautery and the consultation of traditional bone setters were still being used.
Native medicine was mainly used for treating gastrointestinal diseases (5.8%), for failure of modern medicine to treat disease (5.0%) and for treating body aches, fatigability and joint pains (4.9%). Conclusion : The study showed a high prevalence of use of native medicine by primary health care consumers in Arar area.
Some forms of harmful native medicines were still being used.
Community health education about benefits and harmful effects of native medicine is needed.
Continuing medical education for health team members at the primary health care level is recommended.
Mots-clés Pascal : Médecine parallèle, Prévalence, Questionnaire, Soin santé primaire, Utilisation, Etude transversale, Evaluation, Homme, Choix, Arabie Saoudite, Asie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Alternative medicine, Prevalence, Questionnaire, Primary health care, Use, Cross sectional study, Evaluation, Human, Choice, Saudi Arabia, Asia
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0498967
Code Inist : 002B30A01B. Création : 19/02/1999.