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Asian Journal of Nursing Education and Research
Year : 2017, Volume : 7, Issue : 3
First page : ( 263) Last page : ( 268)
Print ISSN : 2231-1149. Online ISSN : 2349-2996.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2349-2996.2017.00054.4

A Comparative Study on usage of Conventional Versus Complementary and Alternate Medicine for Management of Minor Ailments among Older Adults

Sharma Shweta1,*, Mrs. Kaur Amarjit2

1Mata Sahib Kaur College of Nursing, Mohali

2Professor, Mata Sahib Kaur College of Nursing, Mohali

*Corresponding Author Email: Shwetashweta0823@gmail.com

Online published on 18 September, 2017.

Abstract

Conventional medicine is medicine that is practiced by doctors and by health professionals who work with them, including physical therapists and psychologists. Complementary and alternative medicine is a group of different medical and health care systems, practices and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine. This study aimed to assess the usage of conventional versus complementary and alternate medicine (CAM) among older adults above 60 years. The study was conducted in selected area of district Mohali. A quantitative approach with comparative research design was adopted. By purposive sampling technique, 150 older adults were selected. Checklist was used to collect data from selected village. Study findings revealed that older adults above 60 years were using CAM in common cold 147 (98%), headache 142 (94.7%), body ache 132 (88.0%), joint pain 138 (92.0%), loose motion 144 (96.0%) and constipation143 (95.3%) more than conventional medicine for management of common cold 136 (90.7%), headache 123 (82.0%), body ache 117 (78.0%), joint pain 109 (72.7%), loose motion 112 (74.7%) and constipation 116 (77.3%). Thus there was significant comparison between conventional versus complementary and alternate medicine (CAM) for management of minor ailments.

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Keywords

Conventional medicine, complementary and alternate medicine, older adults, usage, minor ailments.

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