The Influence of Religious Participation and Use of Traditional Medicine on Type 2 Diabetes Control in Urban Ghana

Marian Botchway*, Rachel E. Davis, Lambert T. Appiah, Spencer Moore, Anwar T. Merchant

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Abstract

This study examined whether the frequency of participation in religious activities and seeking care from spiritual and other traditional medicine (TM) practitioners were associated with blood glucose (HbA1c) control among urban Ghanaians with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Findings revealed that increased frequency of participation in religious activities was significantly associated with decreased HbA1c levels, whereas increased use of TM practitioners was significantly associated with increased HbA1c levels. These findings suggest that strategically integrating religious activities into disease management plans for Ghanaians with T2DM who identify as being religious may be a viable intervention mechanism.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Jan 2021

Keywords

  • Ghana
  • Medical pluralism
  • Religious participation
  • Traditional medicine
  • Type 2 diabetes

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