Complementary and Alternative Medicine Usage Among Patients Attending a Tertiary Hospital in Nigeria

Busari, Olusegun Adesola and Gabriel, Olusegun Emmanuel and Agboola, Segun Matthew and Ajetunmobi, Oluwaserimi Adewumi and Adebara, Idowu Oluseyi and Elegbede, Olayide Toyin (2017) Complementary and Alternative Medicine Usage Among Patients Attending a Tertiary Hospital in Nigeria. World Journal of Public Health, 2 (3). pp. 111-115.

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Abstract: The survey was to determine the frequency of usage of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and the factors associated with it among patients attending the general outpatient department of a tertiary care centre in Nigeria. It was carried out also in the Department of Family Medicine, Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti, Nigeria. It was a cross-sectional survey in which one hundred and twenty eight (128) patients were enrolled. Pre-tested questionnaire was used to collect data on demographics and other questions on knowledge and usage of CAM; satisfaction with previous usage and willingness to discuss it with their doctors. One hundred and eight (84.4%) of 128 reported that they were currently using or had used some form of CAM. Mean age of the patients was 46.8 ± 17.3 years. Fever and pains are the commonest conditions or illnesses for which CAM was used. Sixty eight (53.1%) of the patients said they were seeking treatment for the same conditions and illnesses for which they had used CAM and 46 (40%) reported that they felt CAM has helped their conditions and illnesses. CAM usage is very common among patients attending the hospital. Although only few patients learn about CAM from their doctors, majority of them think that it is important for doctors to be educated about the therapies. Doctors and other healthcare professionals need more education about CAM so that they can handle its use by their patients more effectively.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Usage, Tertiary Hospital, Nigeria
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences > School of Medicine
Depositing User: Mr Isaac Daramola
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2023 15:17
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2023 15:17

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