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Tavakoli A, Rohani A, Aflatoonian M, Nakhaei N, Hajizadeh E. Attitude and practice of Kerman tribes regarding their current beliefs about. hmj. 2007; 11 (2) :159-166
URL: http://hmj.hums.ac.ir/article-1-224-en.html

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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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Received: 2012/10/21

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