Usage of traditional and complementary medicine (T&CM): Prevalence, practice and perception among post stroke patients attending conventional stroke rehabilitation in a teaching hospital in Malaysia

Mohd Fairuz Ali, Aznida Firzah Abdul Aziz, Mohd Radzniwan Rashid, Zuraidah Che Man, Amnor Aidiliana Amir, Lim Yinn Shien, Nurul Shahida Ramli, Nur Asilah Anez Zainal Abidin

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Introduction: The lack of evidence that proves the benefit of traditional and complementary medicines (T&CM) in treating chronic medical conditions does not deter its usage among patients worldwide. Prevalence of usage among post-stroke patients in Malaysia especially is unknown. This study aims to determine the prevalence, practice and perception of T&CM use among stroke survivors attending an outpatient rehabilitation program in a teaching hospital. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 104 post stroke patients attending an outpatient rehabilitation program. A structured self-administered questionnaire was used to collect data on sociodemographic and clinical profile of patients, as well as types of therapy used and perception on T&CM usage. Descriptive analysis was done, and bivariate analysis was used to determine associations between categorical data. Results: Mean age of patients was 62 years (SD 12.2), 54% were Chinese and 75% of the patients had ischaemic stroke. Mean age of T&CM users was younger compared to nonT&CM users (61 years vs. 66 years, p=0.04). Two-thirds (66%) of patients admitted to concurrent T&CM usage while attending conventional post stroke rehabilitation. Acupuncture (40.4%), massage (40.4%) and traditional Chinese medicine (11.5%) were the most common T&CM used. Positive perception was recorded in terms of ability of T&CM usage to relieve post stroke symptoms (68%), and it was safe to use because it was made from ‘natural sources'. Negative perception recorded: T&CM caused significant adverse effects (57.6%) and was not safe to be used in combination with other conventional medicines (62.5%). Conclusions: Concurrent T&CM usage among post-stroke patients attending structured outpatient rehabilitation program is widely practised especially acupuncture, massage and traditional Chinese medicines. Overall the perception towards its use is favourable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-23
Number of pages6
JournalMedical Journal of Malaysia
Volume70
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Malaysia
Traditional Medicine
Complementary Therapies
Teaching Hospitals
Stroke
Outpatients
Massage
Rehabilitation
Chinese Traditional Medicine
Acupuncture
Aptitude
Stroke Rehabilitation
Survivors
Cross-Sectional Studies

Keywords

  • Acupuncture
  • Alternative medicine
  • Chinese medicine
  • Complementary therapies
  • Massage
  • Rehabilitation
  • Stroke
  • Traditional medicine

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Usage of traditional and complementary medicine (T&CM) : Prevalence, practice and perception among post stroke patients attending conventional stroke rehabilitation in a teaching hospital in Malaysia. / Ali, Mohd Fairuz; Abdul Aziz, Aznida Firzah; Rashid, Mohd Radzniwan; Che Man, Zuraidah; Amir, Amnor Aidiliana; Shien, Lim Yinn; Ramli, Nurul Shahida; Abidin, Nur Asilah Anez Zainal.

In: Medical Journal of Malaysia, Vol. 70, No. 1, 2015, p. 18-23.

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Ali, Mohd Fairuz ; Abdul Aziz, Aznida Firzah ; Rashid, Mohd Radzniwan ; Che Man, Zuraidah ; Amir, Amnor Aidiliana ; Shien, Lim Yinn ; Ramli, Nurul Shahida ; Abidin, Nur Asilah Anez Zainal. / Usage of traditional and complementary medicine (T&CM) : Prevalence, practice and perception among post stroke patients attending conventional stroke rehabilitation in a teaching hospital in Malaysia. In: Medical Journal of Malaysia. 2015 ; Vol. 70, No. 1. pp. 18-23.
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