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Epidemiological Factors in Patients with Dermatologic Conditions Referring to Clinic of Traditional Persian Medicine, Shiraz, Southern Iran during 2018: A Cross- Sectional Study
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  • Mohammad Mahdi Parvizi,
  • Nazanin Fatehi,
  • Amir Mohammad Jaladat,
  • Zahra Gholampour,
  • Reza Shahriarirad,
  • Amirhossein Erfani
Mohammad Mahdi Parvizi
Shiraz University of Medical Sciences
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Nazanin Fatehi
Shiraz University of Medical Sciences
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Amir Mohammad Jaladat
Shiraz University of Medical Sciences
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Zahra Gholampour
Shiraz University of Medical Sciences
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Reza Shahriarirad
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Amirhossein Erfani
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Abstract

Introduction: Many patients with chronic diseases often use the traditional medicine approach in addition to conventional medicine. The aim of this study was to evaluate the epidemiological factors of patients with dermatologcal conditions referring to traditional Persian Medicine (TPM) clinic. Materials and Methods: In this cross-sectional study, we reviewed all the patients’ medical documents with dermatological conditions referred to the TPM clinic at Shiraz, Southern Iran in 2018. Then, the epidemiological factors of the patients were recorded to a researcher-made data collection form. SPSS software version 22 was conducted to data analysis. Results: Overall, 631 patients consist of 151 (23.9%) male individuals and 580 (76.1%) female individuals were enrolled to the study. Most of the patients were aged between 31 and 40 years, and 347 (55%) patients were married, and most of them were housewives. The frequency of patients in spring was higher than other seasons. Furthermore, the most of the patients were university educated. Acne, eczema and hair loss were the three most complaints of the patients referring to the traditional medicine clinic. 301(47.7%) patients reported gastrointestinal problems as another complaint concomitant with their skin problems. Conclusion: It seems that women with skin problems, including acne, eczema, and hair loss, were more likely to refer to the TPM clinic. Therefore, development of TPM clinics in dermatology field as a scientific and academic approach can be effective in the treatment of patients with dermatological condition accompanied by traditional medicine.

Peer review status:UNDER REVIEW

05 Jan 2021Submitted to International Journal of Clinical Practice
07 Jan 2021Submission Checks Completed
07 Jan 2021Assigned to Editor
13 Jan 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned
17 Jan 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
26 Mar 20211st Revision Received
27 Mar 2021Submission Checks Completed
27 Mar 2021Assigned to Editor
01 Jun 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned
03 Jun 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending