Traditional and Complementary Medicine: Perspective of patients in Sabah, Malaysia
This study was conducted to evaluate the knowledge and perception on the use of (T&CM) and reasons for usage among patients visiting one government hospital in Malaysia. Self-administered questionnaires were distributed to 384 participants. Result showed that the majority of the participants reported using T&CM as an additive to their conventional medicines. Even though, most participants understood of the possible interactions that might occur, when combining T&CM with conventional medicines they remain dedicated to their practice. More study on T&CM should be conducted to ensure the accurate and trusted scientific evidence provided especially in term of safety and efficacy.
Keywords: Traditional and Complementary Medicine, Malaysian Health Care, Traditional practices, Conventional Medicine.
eISSN 2514-7528 © 2018. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA cE-Bs by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open-access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.