Is the Andersen framework useful in explaining traditional medicine use in the Ghanaian context?

Authors: Lily Ziyue Zhang*, , Sanewal Singh, University of Toronto Mississauga , Minal Waqar, University of Toronto Mississauga , Vincent Kuuire, University of Toronto Mississauga
Topics: Health and Medical
Keywords: traditional medicine, public health, population health, global health, health, Ghana, Africa, LMIC, urban, urbanization, neighbourhood
Session Type: Virtual Lightning Paper
Day: 4/8/2021
Start / End Time: 1:30 PM / 2:45 PM
Room: Virtual 24
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Arguably, the most popular explanatory and predictive framework for understanding health utilization behaviour within the biomedical model is the Andersen framework, but there is a paucity of research on the use of Andersen’s framework in complementary and alternative medicine, especially among populations in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) like Ghana. Urban areas in LMICs are among the most rapidly expanding in the world, leading to concerns about how rapidly changing urban profiles are impacting population health. Scholars point to the general gap of research on traditional medicine use in LMICs and the connection with rapidly evolving urban settings as a challenge to understanding the population health needs of vulnerable groups in such settings. This research uses survey data from 1,214 respondents collected in the Upper West Region of Ghana, Africa to examine the ongoing use of traditional medicine in Ghana as well as socio-economic, demographic, and geographic information of persons 18 years or older. The Andersen framework provides a systematic categorization of individual and contextual factors to help analyze and explain the variables associated with traditional medicine use in the Upper West Region of Ghana.

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