Ebola survivors' healthcare-seeking experiences and preferences of conventional, complementary and traditional medicine use: A qualitative exploratory study in Sierra Leone.

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Complementary therapies in clinical practice, 2020, 39
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BACKGROUND:and Purpose: This study explores Ebola survivors' healthcare-seeking experiences within the context of Sierra Leone's free healthcare initiative (FHCI) and comprehensive package for Ebola survivors (CPES) program while also exploring the enablers and barriers to their use of informal healthcare. MATERIALS AND METHODS:We employed an inductive, exploratory qualitative approach using focus group discussion with 41 adults Ebola survivors in the four administrative regions of Sierra Leone. RESULTS:Biomedical care was the first choice of treatment option for most survivors immediately following post-ETC discharge. Survivors' healthcare-seeking experience varies before and after their inclusion into FHCI and the establishment of the CPES program. Personal and health system factors influenced survivors' decision to seek multiple healthcare approaches, especially T&CM. CONCLUSION:Our findings suggest the determinants of Ebola survivors' healthcare-seeking experiences should be considered when developing and implementing programs aimed at improving the current health status of Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone.
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