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Perceived treatment efficacy o f the last experienced illness episode in a community sample in the Northern Province, South Africa

K. Peltzer
Curationis | Vol 23, No 1 | a599 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v23i1.599 | © 2000 K. Peltzer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 September 2000 | Published: 27 September 2000

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K. Peltzer, Department of psychology university of the north, South Africa

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Abstract

This study determined the perceived efficacy of various health care providers for the last illness episode patients had suffered. 104 African/Black participants (50 male and 54 female), chosen by quota sampling from the general public (urban population of Mankweng), Northern Province, were interviewed. The research design was a one-shot case study. Medical treatment (68%) was the major choice of treatment for minor, major and chronic medical condition as well as psychological/ mental disorders. The second most important treatment choice was the herbalist (19%) for minor and chronic conditions as well as traditional illness, followed by the diviner (9%) prophet or faith healer (4%) and psychologist (2%). Combined traditional or faith healing was utilized by 32% of the sample and combined western treatment by 68%. Regarding the self-rated treatment efficacy for the last illness episode western treatment was generally perceived as more effective than traditional or faith healing. However, traditional or faith healing was considered almost as long lasting as western therapy.

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