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Title: Does spatial location matter? Traditional therapy utilisation among the generalpopulation in a Ghanaian rural and urban setting
Authors: Gyasi, Razak Mohammed
Asante, Felix
Segbefia, Alexander Yao
Abass, Kabila
Mensah, Charlotte Monica
Siaw, Lawrencia Pokuah
Eshun, Gabriel
Osei-Wusu Adjei, Prince
Keywords: Biologically-based therapies
Primary health care
Spatial variation
Traditional medicine
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Citation: Complementary Therapies in Medicine (2015) 23, 439—450
Abstract: Despite the recognition for rising consumption rate of traditional medicine (TRM)in health and spatio-medical literature in the global scale, the impact of location in tradi-tional therapy use has been explored least in Ghana. This paper analysed the role of spatialvariation in TRM use in Kumasi Metropolis and Sekyere South District of Ashanti Region,Ghana. A retrospective cross-sectional and place-based survey was conducted in a representative sample (N = 324) selected through systematic random sampling technique. Structured interviewer-administered questionnaires were espoused as the main research instruments. Data were analysed with Pearson’s Chi-square and Fisher’s exact tests from the Predictive Analytics Software (PASW) version 17.0. The study found that over 86% reported TRM use. Whilst majority (59.1%) of the respondents had used TRM two or more times within the last 12 months,biologically-based therapies and energy healing were common forms of TRM accessed. Although,the use of TRM did not vary (p > 0.05), knowledge about TRM, modalities of TRM and the sources of TRM differed significantly across geographically demarcated rural and urban splits(p < 0.005). The study advances our understanding of the spatial dimensions as regards TRM utilisation.
Description: An article published by Complementary Therapies in Medicine (2015) 23, 439—450
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/10663
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