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State of opinions and use about traditional / alternative medicine who applied to family health center

Belgin Oral, Ahmet Öztürk, Elçin Balcı, Nergis Sevinç.

Purpose. This study was planned to determine the information, attitudes and behaviors about traditional and alternative treatment methods of people’s who admitted to the family health centers.
Material and Methods. This study was performed on 1100 people over the age of 18 who applied to four family health centers in central Kayseri in January 2015. A questionnaire including the sociodemographic characteristics and ideas and usage about traditional / alternative medicine were administered to the individuals using face to face interview technique.
Results. In the research group, the rate of hearing about any traditional / alternative medicine methods was 98,4%, the most heard method was herbal treatment (93,3%). 65,8% of participants had used any traditional and alternative medicine method in the past. The most commonly used applications were thermal springs treatment (38,6%) and herbal products / drugs use (37,2%). Usage of traditional and alternative medicine methods were higher in the group of over 30 years of age, and with the middle and over economic status (p

Key words: Alternative medicine, traditional methods, herbal medicines

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