Presentation Title

Comparative Analysis of Healthcare Providers and Patient Perspectives on Natural Remedies as Alternative Medicine in Two Communities in Peru

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Luiza Nogaj

Start Date

17-11-2018 3:00 PM

End Date

17-11-2018 5:00 PM

Location

CREVELING 98

Session

POSTER 3

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

interdisciplinary

Abstract

More often than not there is a disconnect between healthcare providers (HCPs) and their patients regarding the use of natural remedies as an alternative medicine. Lack of knowledge and communication between healthcare providers and patients can change the efficacy of the medication and can be a safety hazard for the patient. Examining the relationship between healthcare providers’ view on the use of natural remedies is important, especially in developing countries like Peru. Due to unequal access to healthcare people may rely more heavily on alternative medicine. Healthcare providers and patients will have a different perspective on natural remedy use and their effectiveness. This miscommunication could affect patient care and treatment due to uninformed guidance and lack of knowledge of natural remedies. To analyze the perspectives of HCPs and patients about natural remedy use, we designed a cross-sectional study that was conducted over two summers, among healthcare providers and women in two communities in Peru. Two individual surveys were distributed and used for data collection. Our preliminary results suggest that there is a disconnect between the percentage of patients that use natural remedies reported by healthcare providers and the percentage of women in the community that reported their use of natural remedies. There was also a divide between the perspective of HCP’s on whether their patients feel comfortable addressing their health concerns and the perspectives of the patients who felt comfortable addressing their health concerns but did not trust their HCP. Further analysis is necessary to examine other barriers that prevent open communication between healthcare providers and their patients.

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Comparative Analysis of Healthcare Providers and Patient Perspectives on Natural Remedies as Alternative Medicine in Two Communities in Peru

CREVELING 98

More often than not there is a disconnect between healthcare providers (HCPs) and their patients regarding the use of natural remedies as an alternative medicine. Lack of knowledge and communication between healthcare providers and patients can change the efficacy of the medication and can be a safety hazard for the patient. Examining the relationship between healthcare providers’ view on the use of natural remedies is important, especially in developing countries like Peru. Due to unequal access to healthcare people may rely more heavily on alternative medicine. Healthcare providers and patients will have a different perspective on natural remedy use and their effectiveness. This miscommunication could affect patient care and treatment due to uninformed guidance and lack of knowledge of natural remedies. To analyze the perspectives of HCPs and patients about natural remedy use, we designed a cross-sectional study that was conducted over two summers, among healthcare providers and women in two communities in Peru. Two individual surveys were distributed and used for data collection. Our preliminary results suggest that there is a disconnect between the percentage of patients that use natural remedies reported by healthcare providers and the percentage of women in the community that reported their use of natural remedies. There was also a divide between the perspective of HCP’s on whether their patients feel comfortable addressing their health concerns and the perspectives of the patients who felt comfortable addressing their health concerns but did not trust their HCP. Further analysis is necessary to examine other barriers that prevent open communication between healthcare providers and their patients.