Attitudes, Beliefs and Perceptions on Complementary Indigenous Malay Therapies: A Terengganu Perspective

Lua, Pei Lin and Mohd Rawi, Rohayu Izanwati and Mohamad Tajudin, Suffian and Mamat, Norlida and A. Latif, Ahmad Zubaidi (2010) Attitudes, Beliefs and Perceptions on Complementary Indigenous Malay Therapies: A Terengganu Perspective. In: Biodiversity-Biotechnology: Gateway to Discoveries, Sustainable Utilization and Wealth Creation, Manurung. The Sarawak Biodiversity Centre, Sarawak, Malaysia, pp. 49-52. ISBN 972-983-40638-3-2

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The practice and usage of Complementary Indigenous Malay Therapies (CIMT) continues to flourish in Malaysia in spite of the availability of modern treatments. The objectives of this study were to 1) identify common types of CIMT used/practiced and 2) compare attitudes, beliefs and perceptions (ABPs) on CIMT between urban and rural users. A prospective, cross-sectional recruitment of adult volunteers were conducted in pre-identified areas in Kuala Terengganu, Dungun, Kemaman and Besut (including Redang Island). A newly-adapted instrument assessing ABPs was administered to consenting respondents (response scale: 1: strongly disagree – 5: strongly agree). Data analysis employed descriptive and non-parametric statistics. Altogether, 130 respondents were enrolled (median age = 48 years old; age range = 17-90 years; female = 56.9%, married = 77.7%; Malay = 96.2%). Sixty percent were CIMT users (urban = 28.2%; rural = 71.8%) with a median usage duration of 6 years. Majority preferred traditional massage (74.4%), followed by herbs (66.7%), sea cucumber products (65.4%), roots (64.1%) and tuku (55.1%). Rural residents were significantly more confident with regard to CIMT’s quality of care (p = 0.018), its unnecessary scientific studies (p = 0.042) or discussion with healthcare providers (p = 0.010) but were significantly more negative on CIMT’s effectiveness when used concurrently with modern medicine (p < 0.001). These outcomes indicate the need for on-going efforts from healthcare authorities and providers alike to consistently disseminate awareness and knowledge on CIMT so that public self-treatment is always accompanied by sound understanding of its benefits and consequences.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Attitudes, Beliefs, Perceptions (ABP), Complementary Indigenous Malay Therapies, Quality of Life
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Faculty / Institute: Faculty Of Health Sciences
Depositing User: Miss Rohayu Izanwati Mohd Rawi
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2015 08:01
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2015 06:55

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