Preferences for traditional & complementary medicine among Malaysian hospitalised patients in UKM medical centre 2012

Choy Hew Hei, Khalib Abdul Latiff, Mohd Rohaizat Hassan, Hasanain Faisal Ghazi

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The uprising needs of traditional & complementary medicine (T and CM) despite the availability of conventional medical (CVM) treatments has gained a serious concern to the authorities in hospital care delivery systems. It was about suffices the supply and demand for T and CM and its absence may interfere the quality of patient care. Malaysia was not exempted of this phenomenon. Moreover, its rich tropical biodiversity and multi-ethnical medical systems promoted T&CM usage. This research was aimed to determine the overall T& CM preferences, the preferred future patient care services (FPCS) and its socio-demographic and warding characteristics. Using a self-administered standardised questionnaire, instrumented by cross sectional study, a total 132 warded patients in a UKM Medical Center (UKMMC) were interviewed. T&CM preferences were the composite of seven domains. The finding revealed that the T&CM preference was 64.4%, dominated by older age (66.2%), women (68.2%), low education (66.0%), employed (66.7%), high income (67.5%) and married (66.0%). Oncology (81.3%) and orthopaedic (75.7%) ward patients were more in preference compared to other wards. When asked about the FPCS preference, about 80.3% expected integrative medicine services to be provided, whereas the remaining were still exclusively preferred modern medicine (15.2%) and alternative medicine (4.5%) respectively. As conclusion, this study has affirmed that there is a great need towards T&CM among hospitalized patients who are accessible to modern CVM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)122-131
Number of pages10
JournalMalaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine
Volume15
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Demography
Education
Research
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • Alternative medicine (CAM)
  • Complementary &
  • Complementary medicine (T&CM)
  • Future patient care services (FPCS)
  • Preferences
  • Prevalence
  • Traditional &
  • UKMMC

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Preferences for traditional & complementary medicine among Malaysian hospitalised patients in UKM medical centre 2012. / Hei, Choy Hew; Latiff, Khalib Abdul; Hassan, Mohd Rohaizat; Ghazi, Hasanain Faisal.

In: Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, Vol. 15, No. 3, 2015, p. 122-131.

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