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A CROSS-SECTIONAL RESEARCH TO DETERMINE COMMON CAUSES OF EMPLOYING COMPLEMENTARY AND TRADITIONAL DRUGS TO TREAT DIABETES MELLITUS: AWARENESS, ATTITUDE AND STRATEGIES

AUTHORS:

Dr Muhammad Sibtain Raza, Dr Mohsin Akhtar, Dr. Muhammad Hashim

ABSTRACT:

Abstract: Objective: The objective of the research was to determine the commonness and causes for the usage of conventional and complementary drugs in patients of diabetes mellitus along with consultant’s attitude regarding complication coping strategies as positive as well as negative. Method: This cross-sectional research was carried out at Services Hospital, Lahore from July 2017 to May 2018 on diabetic mellitus patients having age more than eighteen years. Researcher utilized semi-structured questionnaire with the objective of data collection. Result: Total numbers of the respondent was three-hundred and eighty-six (ninety-nine percent). Among them the number of patients used traditional and complementary medicine concerning to their diabetes was one-hundred and seventy-nine (46.6%). An important association was identified between such usage and diabetes kind, level of education, age, monthly earning, span as well as the complexity of disease, glycated hemoglobin level and treatment methodology. One-hundred and thirty-five (75.41%) patients who utilized traditional and complementary medicine did not talk about the issue with their doctor. Conclusion: While examining the diabetic mellitus patients, the consultant should investigate from their patients regarding the usage of conventional and complementary medicine and also thoroughly guide them on the subject. Keywords: Traditional and Complementary Medicine (TCM), Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), Diabetes Mellitus (DM), Glycated Hemoglobin (HBA1c), Impaired Glucose Tolerance (IGT) Low-and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs).

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