Perspectives of Sudanese psychiatrists and trainees towards traditional healers in Khartoum

Other Title(s)

وجهات نظر الأطباء النفسيين السودانيين عن المعالجين التقليدين في ولاية الخرطوم السودان

Joint Authors

Hasan, Muhammad Ibrahim
Umar, Abd al-Aziz Ahmad

Source

The Arab Journal of Psychiatry

Issue

Vol. 32, Issue 1 (31 May. 2020), pp.44-53, 10 p.

Publisher

The Arab Federation of Psychiatrists

Publication Date

2020-05-31

Country of Publication

Jordan

No. of Pages

10

Main Topic

Psychiatry

Abstract EN

Background : traditional healing for people with mental illness is popular in many parts of the world, including Sudan.

the role of traditional healers in Sudan cannot be ignored.

according to the who, 80% of people with mental health difficulties seek help from traditional healers before going to health services.

psychiatrists are reticent to collaborate with traditional healers, which has not been thoroughly and widely investigated in Sudan.

objectives : the current study explored the opinions and attitudes of psychiatrists and psychiatry trainees in Sudan towards traditional healers to understand their willingness to work with traditional healers and assess what factors might influence such collaboration.

methods : n=108 psychiatrists and psychiatric trainees were recruited to this descriptive cross-sectional study.

data were collected using a self-administered questionnaire.

results : psychiatric trainees (n=70) and qualified psychiatrists (n=38) participated.

overall, 51% supported the idea of collaboration between psychiatric doctors and traditional healers; 57% wanted to learn more about traditional practice, 51% expressed willingness to engage in discussion and workshops with traditional healers; 72% stated they would not refer patients to traditional healers.

conclusion : half of participants in Khartoum supported collaboration with traditional healers.

there is no significant association between participants’ experiences of traditional healers and their opinions on the integration between psychiatry and traditional healing.

most participants agreed there may be a role for traditional healing methods in the treatment of anxiety, but not for the treatment of psychotic, mood, and personality disorders.

American Psychological Association (APA)

Hasan, Muhammad Ibrahim& Umar, Abd al-Aziz Ahmad. 2020. Perspectives of Sudanese psychiatrists and trainees towards traditional healers in Khartoum. The Arab Journal of Psychiatry،Vol. 32, no. 1, pp.44-53.
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-967630

Modern Language Association (MLA)

Hasan, Muhammad Ibrahim& Umar, Abd al-Aziz Ahmad. Perspectives of Sudanese psychiatrists and trainees towards traditional healers in Khartoum. The Arab Journal of Psychiatry Vol. 32, no. 1 (May. 2020), pp.44-53.
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-967630

American Medical Association (AMA)

Hasan, Muhammad Ibrahim& Umar, Abd al-Aziz Ahmad. Perspectives of Sudanese psychiatrists and trainees towards traditional healers in Khartoum. The Arab Journal of Psychiatry. 2020. Vol. 32, no. 1, pp.44-53.
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-967630

Data Type

Journal Articles

Language

English

Notes

Includes appendix : p. 52-53

Record ID

BIM-967630