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The Interactions of the Traditional and Modern Healthcare Systems in Gujarat

Mehta, Neha (2011) The Interactions of the Traditional and Modern Healthcare Systems in Gujarat. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This exploratory research seeks to understand the interactions and dynamics of the traditional and modern healthcare systems in the West Indian state of Gujarat, including both private and public components. The people of Gujarat make use of both allopathic and traditional medicines, but it remains unclear as to what factors influence these decisions. This study states that age, gender, area of origination, and education play important roles in determining what sort of healthcare is sought after. In order to obtain this information, 500 surveys were orally administered over the course of three months in three different areas of Gujarat. Each individual was asked general biographical information, opened ended opinion questions, and ailment specific questions. These answers were then coded and statistically analyzed. The results from this study do indicate that the aforementioned factors affect health system choice. It is also revealed that Gujaratis are not satisfied with any of the healthcare systems they have and would like to see changes. In the future, it is hoped that the results from this study can be used to create a more efficient overlap of the healthcare systems in Gujarat.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairSharma, Ravirks1946@pitt.eduRKS1946
Committee MemberTalbott, Evelyneot1@pitt.eduEOT1
Committee MemberPadman,
Committee MemberSingh, Vijaisingh@pitt.eduSINGH
Date: 15 June 2011
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 19 April 2011
Approval Date: 15 June 2011
Submission Date: 26 May 2011
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: David C. Frederick Honors College
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ahmedabad; ayurveda; Dhrangadhra; homeopathic; India; Rajkot
Other ID:, etd-05262011-140138
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:45
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:44


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