Behaviour of Traditional Medicine and Alternative Medicine selected among Strokes’ Carers

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          Carer is one of key persons in choosing treatment for stroke patients at home. This qualitative research study aimed to examine the behavior of traditional medicine and alternative medicine selected by strokes’ carers. The purposive sample consisted of twelve strokes’ carers in rural areas of Nakhon Sawan Province. Data were gathered by demographic  form, semi-structured interviews and observations. Thematic analysis approach was utilized for data analysis. The findings illustrated the behavior of strokes’ carers in deciding to choose traditional medicine and alternative medicine for rehabilitating stroke patients. Two themes were emerged from the data. First theme was the values of traditional medicine and alternative medicine.  Second theme was the use of traditional medicine and alternative medicine as resources of hope for a cure. The findings demonstrated the situation of using traditional medicine and alternative medicine in stroke patients. This also showed the understanding of the relationship between the lifestyle and health beliefs among rural people. The results of this study can be used to appropriately improve the health service system, especially traditional medicine and alternative medicine. It would also respond to the public health policy in accordance with the plan of developing alternative and complementary use services in stroke


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