Use of complementary and alternative medicine: prevalence and health literacy among patients attending a Health Centre in Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Selangor / Syahirah Robani and Syuhaidah Aiza Zaini

Robani, Syahirah and Zaini, Syuhaidah Aiza (2019) Use of complementary and alternative medicine: prevalence and health literacy among patients attending a Health Centre in Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Selangor / Syahirah Robani and Syuhaidah Aiza Zaini. [Student Project] (Unpublished)

Abstract

Background: The used of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) has gained worldwide trust in developed and developing country. CAM used is associated with self-care decisions making in obtaining treatment and various benefits and possible adverse effects. Although CAM used is popular among Malaysian user, however, limited published studies related to their health literacy of CAM among Malaysian patients. Objective: This study determines the prevalence and health literacy of CAMs among Malaysian patients in a Health Centre. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted at a Health Centre of Selangor State, Malaysia from April 2019 to May 2019. A questionnaire consisting of demographic data, health status and the Montana State University Complementary and Alternative Medicine Health Literacy Scale was distributed to a total of 306 participants. Descriptive analysis and inferential analysis were analysed for the study. Results: The result shows the prevalence of CAM used was 35.6% and 27% of participants reported feeling satisfied with the CAM used. This study also reported a high literacy level of CAM among patients attending the Health Centre (Mean=61.784, SD=5.403). There was a weak positive relationship between health literacy and age (rs=0.199, p<0.001). These study also found that health literacy for female is statistically significant higher (Mean=62.053, SD=5.261) than male (Mean=60.140, SD=6.006) conditions; [t(304)=-2.166,p=0.031]. Conclusion: These results suggest female gender, being older, had better health literacy regarding CAM. This emphasizes that there is a need for the healthcare provider to keep on assessing and educate their patients especially among men and younger population with adequate information regarding CAM use.

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Item Type: Student Project
Creators:
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Robani, Syahirah
2015209442
Zaini, Syuhaidah Aiza
2015270504
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Ahmad Sharoni, Siti Khuzaimah
UNSPECIFIED
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > Medical centers. Hospitals. Dispensaries. Clinics
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology > Rehabilitation therapy
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Selangor > Puncak Alam Campus > Faculty of Health Sciences
Programme: Bachelor of Nursing
Keywords: alternative(s), Complementary, health, literacy, medicine
Date: July 2019
URI: https://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/52061
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