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Titolo:
USE OF ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE BY PATIENTS WITH EPILEPSY - A SURVEY OF 265 EPILEPTIC PATIENTS IN A DEVELOPING-COUNTRY
Autore:
DANESI MA; ADETUNJI JB;
Indirizzi:
UNIV LAGOS,COLL MED,DEPT MED,PMB 12003 LAGOS NIGERIA
Titolo Testata:
Epilepsia
fascicolo: 2, volume: 35, anno: 1994,
pagine: 344 - 351
SICI:
0013-9580(1994)35:2<344:UOAMBP>2.0.ZU;2-L
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Keywords:
EPILEPSY; ANTICONVULSANTS; TRADITIONAL AFRICAN MEDICINE; MENTAL HEALING; NIGERIA;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Science Citation Index Expanded
Citazioni:
24
Recensione:
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Citazione:
M.A. Danesi e J.B. Adetunji, "USE OF ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE BY PATIENTS WITH EPILEPSY - A SURVEY OF 265 EPILEPTIC PATIENTS IN A DEVELOPING-COUNTRY", Epilepsia, 35(2), 1994, pp. 344-351

Abstract

We evaluated the use of alternative treatment methods, in various forms, by epileptic patients who had used these forms of treatment beforeseeking hospital treatment. Among the 265 epileptic patients, 47.6% used African traditional medicine alone: 24.1% combined traditional medicine with spiritual healing, 20.4% used spiritual healing alone, and 7.5% used other forms of alter native medicine. Patients used the alternative treatments for <1 year to >5 years before seeking hospital treatment, presumably when alternative medicine failed to control seizures. Relatives, friends, and neighbors had marked influence on the health-seeking behavior of these epileptic patients: 86% of them were influenced to use alternative medicine. After initiation of hospital treatment, only 14.6% of patients who had earlier used African traditional medicine continued with such treatment; more than two thirds of the patients who had earlier used spiritual healing continued using such treatment, suggesting that many of these patients perceived some continuing benefits from these alternative treatments. This observation suggests that alternative medicine, especially spiritual healing, cannot be considered irrelevant in management of epilepsy in Africa. Further investigations are required to determine the efficacy, supportive role, and limitation of alternative medicine in management of epilepsy in developing countries.

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