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Article: Strengths and weaknesses of traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine in the eyes of some Hong Kong Chinese

TitleStrengths and weaknesses of traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine in the eyes of some Hong Kong Chinese
Authors
Issue Date2001
PublisherB M J Publishing Group. The Journal's web site is located at http://jech.bmjjournals.com/
Citation
Journal Of Epidemiology And Community Health, 2001, v. 55 n. 10, p. 762-765 How to Cite?
AbstractObjective - To explore the attitudes of Hong Kong Chinese towards the strenghts and weaknesses of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Western medicine. Design - Qualitative study of subajects' opinions using semi-structured focus group interviews. Setting - Souther district of Hong Kong Island where many of the residents have a fisherman background. Participants - Twety nine paticipants took part in eight focus group interviews. Measurements and main results - Participants' attitudes towards TCM and Western medicine were explored in the interviews. Both TCM and Western medicine are used concurrently by many people in Hong Kong. Patients make decisions on which type of doctors they want to see for the specific illnesses that they are suffering from. They consider both types of medicines to have strengths and weaknesses: TCM being better in curing the root of the problem but quite slow in action while Western medicine is more powerful but sometimes too powerful with significant side effect. Conclusions - It is important for medical paractitioners to be aware of the health attitudes of their patients from different ethnic backgrounds. It will lead to a better patient-doctor relationship and better compliance of treatment.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/43073
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.890
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dc.identifier.citationJournal Of Epidemiology And Community Health, 2001, v. 55 n. 10, p. 762-765en_HK
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dc.description.abstractObjective - To explore the attitudes of Hong Kong Chinese towards the strenghts and weaknesses of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Western medicine. Design - Qualitative study of subajects' opinions using semi-structured focus group interviews. Setting - Souther district of Hong Kong Island where many of the residents have a fisherman background. Participants - Twety nine paticipants took part in eight focus group interviews. Measurements and main results - Participants' attitudes towards TCM and Western medicine were explored in the interviews. Both TCM and Western medicine are used concurrently by many people in Hong Kong. Patients make decisions on which type of doctors they want to see for the specific illnesses that they are suffering from. They consider both types of medicines to have strengths and weaknesses: TCM being better in curing the root of the problem but quite slow in action while Western medicine is more powerful but sometimes too powerful with significant side effect. Conclusions - It is important for medical paractitioners to be aware of the health attitudes of their patients from different ethnic backgrounds. It will lead to a better patient-doctor relationship and better compliance of treatment.en_HK
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dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.rightsJournal of Epidemiology & Community Health. Copyright © B M J Publishing Group.en_HK
dc.subject.meshAttitude to health - ethnologyen_HK
dc.subject.meshMedicine, chinese traditionalen_HK
dc.subject.meshPatient complianceen_HK
dc.subject.meshPhysician-patient relationsen_HK
dc.subject.meshHong kong - ethnologyen_HK
dc.titleStrengths and weaknesses of traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine in the eyes of some Hong Kong Chineseen_HK
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