Title

A study on the association between the level of knowledge of Filipinos on Oregano as an herbal medicine for cough and the prevalence of its use for pediatric patients

Date of Completion

3-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Clinical Pharmacology

Keywords

Oregano, Cough

Abstract

This cross-sectional study looked into the level of knowledge regarding oregano as cough remedy and prevalence of the use of oregano for cough relief in pediatric patients by administering questionnaires to the caretakers of pediatric patients in the outpatient department of De La Salle University Medical Center. Purposive sampling was used in selection of the respondents. The research collected information regarding the respondents' primary reason for using the herb, their perception of its level of effectivity, their method of administration and the usual dose given. Furthermore, the study investigated the relative preference of the respondents for the use of oregano compared with the used of other herbal medicines and synthetic drugs for cough. The data obtained was analyzed with the use of statistical software by Pearson's partial correlation using R, with a confidence level of 95% to determine the level of association between the respondents' level of knowledge regarding oregano and the prevalence of their use of the herb. The correlation coefficient valued of p<0.05 was used to indicate that there is a significant relationship between the independent and dependent variable that determine the acceptance or rejection of the hypothesis. Results of the study showed a p-value of 1.77e-10, indicating a significant relationship between the level of knowledge and the prevalence of use.

First Advisor

Laura Maria Soledad A. Aguinaldo, MD, DPPS, DPSCOT

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