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Prevalence of Anxiety and Depression among postgraduate trainees in Qassim, Saudi Arabia
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Jamal Alrasheedi, Unaib Rabbani
DOI: 10.5742/MEWFM.2022.9525020

Knowledge of Amblyopia among Primary Health Care Physicians and Family Medicine Residents: A Cross-Sectional Study in the Qassim Region of Saudi Arabia
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Noha Dekhail Aldekhail, Amel Abdalrahim Sulaiman
OI: 10.5742/MEWFM.2022.9525022

Acute chest syndrome and pulmonary hypertension in sickle cell diseases
Mehmet Rami Helvaci, Engin Altintas, Atilla Yalcin, Orhan Ekrem Muftuoglu,
Abdulrazak Abyad, Lesley Pocock
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DOI: 10.5742/MEWFM.2022.9525023

Barriers Facing Primary Health Care Physicians in Jazan when Dealing with Emergency Cases
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Sameer Ahmed Ali Holal, Hassan Ali Elsayed Abdelwahid
DOI: 10.5742/MEWFM.2022.9525028

Predictors of Waterpipe Smoking among Male Students of Jazan University, Jazan, Saudi Arabia
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Mohammed Ahmed Khormi, Abdullah Ibrahim Sabai, Ali Yahya Maashi, Mohammed Abduallh Khormi,
Abdulrahman Ahmed hadadi, Abdullatif Mohammed Maashi, Mohammed Ebrahim Mojiri,
Ali Ahmed Zalah, Mohammed Abkar Shok, Ali Mohammed Shawsh
DOI: 10.5742/MEWFM.2022.9525037

Children's vision health during the COVID-19 pandemic
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Moustafa Abdalhade Timorkhan, Mouazzar yusuf Thani Ibraheem
DOI: 10.5742/MEWFM.2022.9525024

Multiple myeloma presenting as a pathological rib fracture in a primary health care center and its diagnostic challenges during the COVID 19 pandemic
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Koshy Mathew, Fathima Shezoon Mohideen, Prince Christopher Rajkumar Honest
DOI: 10.5742/MEWFM.2022.9525025

The association between sleep disturbance and coronaphobia among physicians in primary health care centers of Ministry of Health, Jazan Province
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Mohammed Atiah Ahmed Bakri, Maged El-Setouhy
DOI: 10.5742/MEWFM.2022.9525026

Population and Community Studies

What it costs to access skilled birth attendance in Pakistan
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Nida Khan, Muhammad Amir Khan, Shaheer Ellahi Khan, Muhammad Ahmar Khan, Azza Warraitch
DOI: 10.5742/MEWFM.2022.9525027

Complementary and alternative medicine practice and perceptions of Saudi subjects in Western region of Saudi Arabia
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Fathi El-Gamal, Abdulaziz Bajubair, Aljawhara Hejji, Aseel Jarwan, Jamil Numan Salah
DOI: 10.5742/MEWFM.2022.9525029

Prevalence of physical and verbal violence against physicians and nurses in primary health care centres, Buraidah, Qassim province
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Moodhi. R. Almutairi, Saulat. Jahan
DOI: 10.5742/MEWFM.2022.9525038

Assessment of Food Safety Knowledge and practice and Factors that may affect them among the General Population at Family Medicine Outpatient clinic
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Heba Galal Elnahas, Ghada M. Khafagy, Eman M. Abd el-Sattar, Radwa M. Elsayed
DOI: 10.5742/MEWFM.2022.9525039

 

 

 

 

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April 2022 - Volume 20, Issue 4

Complementary and alternative medicine practice and perceptions of Saudi subjects in Western region of Saudi Arabia

(1) Chairman of Family Medicine Department, IbnSina National College, Jeddah, KSA
(2) IbnSina National College, Jeddah, KSA

Corresponding author:
Prof. Fathi M. El-Gamal,
Department of Family Medicine,
Ibn Sina National College. Al Mahjer Street.
Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Tel: 6356555-6355882 / Fax: 6375344 – P.O. Box 31906 Jeddah 21418
Email: drfathimhelgamal1996@hotmail.com

Received: February 2022 Accepted: March 2022; Published: April 1, 2022. Citation: Fathi El-Gamal et al. Complementary and alternative medicine practice and perceptions of Saudi subjects in Western region of Saudi Arabia. World Family Medicine. 2022; 20(4): 88-98.
DOI: 10.5742/MEWFM.2022.9525029

Abstract


Background: Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) offers a different approach to conventional medicine. CAM is very popular in many countries.

Objectives: To study the magnitude of use, and determinants and awareness of CAM therapy use among the population in Western region of Saudi Arabia.

Method: This was a cross sectional study; a non-probability convenient sampling method was used to select 1073 subjects through online Google survey. Data were collected using interview questionnaire, which provided information on the sociodemographic characteristics of the subjects, as well as questions on the practices and awareness of CAM therapies. The GAD-7 test to assess anxiety state was also used.

Results: Almost half of the study population used CAM (51.6%), particularly those who live in the villages of Makkah city. CAM therapies were used by almost half of all patients with chronic diseases particularly those with gastrointestinal disorders and anxiety. Most common CAM method were Honey, Herbs, Ruqayyah and black seeds; while Acupuncture was the least method used. CAM methods were mainly used if needed, and main source of information about its use, was from the family. Almost half of the users were satisfied with the results of using it; however, their attitude about CAM in general was neutral.

Conclusion: Use of CAM is a common health practice among the Saudi population. The majority of the participants had equivocal awareness about its effects. More health education programs by specialized health care authorities on the use and benefits of CAM are needed. Doctor-patient communication regarding CAM use is important. Increasing awareness of Saudi population about instructions and restrictions when using CAM is greatly needed.

Keywords: CAM, Saudi Arabia, anxiety, Jeddah city, Gastro intestinal disorders.







 


 

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