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Gedif, T., & Hahn, H.-J. (2002). Epidemiology of herbal drugs use in addis ababa, ethiopia. Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, 11(7), 587–591. 
Resource type: Journal Article
DOI: 10.1002/pds.729
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 1053-8569
BibTeX citation key: Gedif2002c
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Categories: General
Keywords: Addis Ababa, Herbal drugs, prevalence, Utilization pattern
Creators: Gedif, Hahn
Collection: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
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Objective. To study the utilization patterns of herbal drug use in urban Ethiopia. Methods. A cross-sectional community-based survey was conducted in Addis Ababa, capital city of Ethiopia, using a pre-tested semi-structured questionnaire. The questionnaire was administered to 600 heads of households, largely mothers, selected using a multi-stage systematic random sampling technique, where the final sampling units were households. Results. The prevalence of herbal drugs use was found to be 37%. The main reasons given for choosing herbal medicine as the first line medication option were: dissatisfaction with the services of modern health institutions due to their time consuming nature, cost considerations and perceived efficacy. Conclusion. This study showed that in spite of the geographic accessibility of modern health institutions in urban areas, the use of traditional medicine, particularly herbal drugs, remains a major form of health care option. Hence health planners should give appropriate consideration to this sector. ©2002 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.