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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 4298-4304

Role of Faith healers: A barrier or a support system to medical care- a cross sectional study

1 Department of Community Medicine, Pramukhswami Medical College, Karamsad, Anand, Gujarat, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, ESIC Medical College, Faridabad, Haryana, India
3 Medical Activity Manager, NGO-Doctors Without Borders, Delhi, India

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Dr. Utkarsh M Shah
Department of Community Medicine, PramukhSwami Medical College, Karamsad, Anand - 388 325, Gujarat
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_868_20

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Background and Aims: Faith healing is a method of treating illnesses through the exercise of faith rather than medical methods. The current study was done with the objective to find out demographic variables of faith healers, various conditions for which the people approach them, various practices and processes used and to look for scope of integrated approach to healthcare with faith healers. Settings and Design: RHTC village was a sub center village of PHC Morad. Hence, for the study, all the villages which comes under PHC Morad were selected. The design of the study was a cross-sectional study. Methods and Material: The study was a cross sectional study where faith healers were interviewed based on a semi structured questionnaire comprising of both close and open-ended questions. Statistical Analysis Used: Absolute numbers. Results: Different reasons for which the persons usually came for ranged from supernatural possession, unemployment, family problems etc., and various different processes were used by these healers to solve the problems included giving charms and amulets, personal sacrifices like “baddha” (Nischay/praan) and many others. Conclusion: The study concludes that faith healers in many conditions and situations became the first point of contact as the faith of the community in these faith healers is deeply rooted.

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