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Perception of Diseases and Healing in Rural India and its Effect on the Utilization of Different Systems of Medicine

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Holly Donahue Singh (Judy Genshaft Honors College)

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The rural population of India makes up more than 65% of its total population. Due to the majority of Indians residing in rural areas, it is essential to understand how diseases and healing are perceived in rural communities. There have been gradual changes to how medicine and illness are viewed by those in rural areas, which may have an effect on their health- seeking behavior. The purpose of this study is to examine the perception of diseases and healing in rural India and its effect on the utilization of different systems of medicine. This study explores the current rural medical situation, the perceptions of diseases and healing, and the use of traditional versus allopathic medical systems. Additionally, this study seeks to determine whether there is an increase in the use of medical pluralism amongst the rural population. By understanding the perception and views of those in rural communities regarding illness and healing and its effect on their health-seeking behavior, a better plan on how to effectively treat those in rural communities can be made.

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Perception of Diseases and Healing in Rural India and its Effect on the Utilization of Different Systems of Medicine

The rural population of India makes up more than 65% of its total population. Due to the majority of Indians residing in rural areas, it is essential to understand how diseases and healing are perceived in rural communities. There have been gradual changes to how medicine and illness are viewed by those in rural areas, which may have an effect on their health- seeking behavior. The purpose of this study is to examine the perception of diseases and healing in rural India and its effect on the utilization of different systems of medicine. This study explores the current rural medical situation, the perceptions of diseases and healing, and the use of traditional versus allopathic medical systems. Additionally, this study seeks to determine whether there is an increase in the use of medical pluralism amongst the rural population. By understanding the perception and views of those in rural communities regarding illness and healing and its effect on their health-seeking behavior, a better plan on how to effectively treat those in rural communities can be made.