Use of Complementary and Alternative Health Practices of Persons Served by a Remote Area Medical Clinic

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Audrey Snyder, Associate Dean for Experiential Learning and Innovation (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Remote rural communities are often without adequate healthcare resources. To address the need in one area of Appalachia, an annual medical clinic is held to provide free healthcare services to residents of Appalachia. The Appalachian culture has a number of unique features that influence the healthcare practices of persons living in this region. Cultural values and beliefs about health and the use of complementary and alternative therapies among those attending the remote rural clinic are described, with faith healing, including prayer, and family-taught remedies being the most commonly used complementary and alternative medicine modalities.

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Family and Community Health Journal, 31(3), 221-227. DOI: 10.1097/01.fch.0000324479.32836.6b
Language: English
Date: 2008
Appalachia, complementary and alternative medicine, folk medicine, rural healthcare

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