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Asian Journal of Scientific Research
  Year: 2020 | Volume: 13 | Issue: 4 | Page No.: 253-258
DOI: 10.3923/ajsr.2020.253.258
 
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Complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAM) Used Among Children and Adolescents with Asthma in Benghazi, Libya

Abdullah Y. Al-Mahdi, Nahed R. Saad, Alabed Ali A. Alabed and Rasheed Abdulsalam

Abstract:
Background and Objective: Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) use has become a common practice worldwide. Despite its popularity, there is a dearth of information about the prevalence of such practice in Libya. In addition, there is little or no study in the literature about the use of CAM among asthmatic children and adolescents in Libya. This study was, thus, conducted to determine the prevalence of CAM use in asthmatic children and adolescents as well as its associated factors. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was carried out on parents of 100 asthmatic children visiting Benghazi Asthma Centre, Libya. A Chi-square test was used to identify any association between the study variables and the use of CAM. Results: About 88% of the respondents were found to use CAM. The main reasons for CAM use were due to tradition (48%), perception towards the safety of CAM (43%) and parents’ dissatisfaction with medical treatment outcomes (18%). The most common CAM approaches were aromatic oils (63%), black seeds (51%) and anise seeds (36%). Family members (72%), friends (41%) and pharmacists (20%) were the main sources of information and advice during CAM use. Conclusions: The bivariate analysis showed that the occupation of parents (p = 0.039) and the availability of health insurance (p = 0.036) were significantly associated with the use of CAM. The prevalence of CAM use in this study was found to be high in Benghazi, Libya. Additionally, family members, friends and pharmacists were found to recommend the use of CAM for asthmatic children and adolescents.
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Abdullah Y. Al-Mahdi, Nahed R. Saad, Alabed Ali A. Alabed and Rasheed Abdulsalam, 2020. Complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAM) Used Among Children and Adolescents with Asthma in Benghazi, Libya. Asian Journal of Scientific Research, 13: 253-258.

DOI: 10.3923/ajsr.2020.253.258

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=ajsr.2020.253.258

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