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Complementary and alternative medicine use in the patients with thalassaemia in Malaysia


1 Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Penang; Discipline of Social & Administrative Pharmacy, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Universiti Sains , Penang, Malaysia
2 Discipline of Social & Administrative Pharmacy, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Universiti Sains , Penang, Malaysia
3 Department of Pharmacy Practice, Unaizah College of Pharmacy, Qassim University, Qassim, Saudi Arabia
4 Faculty of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, University of Bolochistan, Pakistan

Date of Web Publication22-May-2017

Correspondence Address:
Wan I Ismail,
Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), 13200 Kepala Batas, Penang
Malaysia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

  Abstract 


Background: The aim of this study was to explore the decision-making of the patients with thalassaemia on the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) via qualitative approach. Materials and Methods: The thematic content analysis of the data revealed a total of four themes: (1) patients’ understanding towards CAM; (2) patients’ decisions to use CAM; (3) negative views on conventional treatment; and (4) barriers to using CAM. Results: The participants mostly defined CAM as a traditional medicine or a treatment related to herbal medicine. Discussion: Those reported to use CAM in favour to encourage the production of blood together with the conventional therapies. Slow progression of CAM modalities and cost was expensive given to major barrier to CAM use. Conclusion: Further investigations are required concerning the effectiveness using CAM among the patients with thalassaemia, and a wider knowledge on healthcare education related to this field is required to avoid any harmful interaction due to the combination between conventional and CAM therapies.

Keywords: Complementary and alternative medicine, malaysia, qualitative, seeking treatment, thalassaemia



How to cite this URL:
Ismail WI, Hassali MA, Farooqui M, Saleem F. Complementary and alternative medicine use in the patients with thalassaemia in Malaysia. Arch Pharma Pract [Epub ahead of print] [cited 2017 Dec 17]. Available from: http://www.archivepp.com/preprintarticle.asp?id=206677

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