Title

Traditional and Modern Medicine in Ghana

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-23-2006

Publication Title

International Nursing Review

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1466-7657.2006.00444.x

ISSN

1466-7657

Abstract

Purpose: To gain understanding of the use of traditional and modern medicine among the people in Ghana, West Africa.

Methods: Data were collected from nine participants using a semi‐structured questionnaire developed by the researchers based on review of the literature.

Findings: Data analysis was performed manually using reduction methodology to develop broad themes. Findings indicated that choices in healthcare modalities by literate Ghanaians included either traditional or modern medicine, or blending of both. Strong influences on these choices were the level of education and related themes, influence of family and friends, and spiritual/religious beliefs.

Implications: Findings indicate that traditional and modern medicines will always be part of Ghanaian healthcare delivery and efforts should be made to integrate traditional practitioners into the national healthcare delivery system.

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