KNOWLEDGE ATTITUDE PRACTICE SURVEY RELATED TO IMPORTANCE OF TRADITIONAL MEDICINE IN LUCKNOW
Abhay Srivastava, D.C. Khare, Dheeraj Singh, Pratap Shankar*, Preet Lakhani, Sachin Tutu, Amod Kumar, R. K. Dixit
Background: Traditional medicine refers to health practices, approaches, knowledge and beliefs incorporating plant, animal and mineral based medicines, spiritual therapies, manual techniques and exercises, applied singularly or in combination to treat, diagnose and prevent illnesses or maintain well-being. All systems of medicine in India can be classified into two streams: A. Classical stream b. Folk stream Aims and Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) of the people of Lucknow regarding traditional medicine. Materials and Method: A KAP questionnaire was designed. 80 households were randomly selected and teams of two students each administered the questionnaire to an adult in the household. Conclusion: Traditional medicine is respected and widely used in the rural areas. Allopathic services are also used but may not be convenient to access and is also expensive. Traditional medicine should be encouraged, especially in rural areas as it contributes substantially to primary health care.
Keywords: Traditional Medicine, Knowledge, Attitude, Practice.
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