Attitude and practice of Kerman tribes regarding their current beliefs about health issues - 2003


Ali Tavakoli 1 , * , Aliakbar Rohani 2 , Mohammadreza Aflatoonian 3 , Nozar Nakhaei 4 , Effat Hajizadeh 5

1 Instructor Department of Anesthesiology, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran.

2 Assistant Professor Department of Pediatrics, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran.

3 Instructor Department of Health, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran.

4 Assistant Professor Department of Community Medicin, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran.

5 Nurse, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran.

How to Cite: Tavakoli A, Rohani A, Aflatoonian M, Nakhaei N, Hajizadeh E. Attitude and practice of Kerman tribes regarding their current beliefs about health issues - 2003, Hormozgan Med J. 2007 ; 11(2):e89493.


Hormozgan Medical Journal: 11 (2); e89493
Published Online: March 14, 2007
Article Type: Research Article
Received: December 16, 2004
Accepted: March 14, 2007




Introduction: Tribes life style, specially the migrant ones and their attitudes and
actions due to their current belief about health issues have made them deprived of the
allocated sources of health care. It should be mentioned that continuation of this
situation not only contradicts the definition of "fairness" in health system but also is
one of the significant issues effecting health care standards of our community. This
research was carried out on Kerman tribes with the aim of investigating their attitudes
and function toward health issues according to their current believes.
Methods: In this cross-sectional research, 75 variables regarding the attitudes and
functions of Kerman tribes were observed and interviewed based on valid and
reliable questionnaires according to their current beliefs about health care issues.
Among 44 tribes and 59 regions, 2681 subjects from migrant, centralized and semicentralized
tribes participated in this research and the sampling method was done
with various procedures in different territories. Data analysis was done by SPSS
software and Chi-square test.
Results: In this research 1969 (73.4%) males and 712 (26.6%) females with mean
age of 46.36±16.41 and mean family size of 6.64±25 were investigated. Migrant
tribes constituted 48% of the sample group and centralized and semi-centralized
groups constituted the rest. Among all participants, 1478 cases (55.1%) believed in
the therapeutic effect of sleeping in domestic animals skins and 909 persons
(33.9%) believed in Jinn and 64% of them considered writers of prayers as factors
of treatment. According to the results, 90% had no knowledge about the
importance of on-time vaccination. Totally, in 94% of the subjects, the attitudes
and function of tribes was poor and originated from their current beliefs. This
situation was significantly higher in migrant tribes (P<0.05).
Conclusion: Traditionally, current beliefs about health care among tribes, effect
health care standards and their health. Generally, providing mobile health care
centers especially mobile schools and research centers and as a whole all possible
facilities are highly recommended in order to solve the problems changing tribes,
current believes and their knowledge, attitude and function improvement.


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