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Table 2 Reported practice of treatment of lung diseases by traditional healers in Vanuatu

From: Traditional healers and the potential for collaboration with the national tuberculosis programme in Vanuatu: results from a mixed methods study

Description of practice§ Number Percentage
Treat short wind (n = 18) 15 83
How do people get this sickness# (n = 16)   
  Alcohol/ smoking 3 19
  Food 5 31
  Hereditary 1 6
  Other natural cause 2 13
  Other spiritual cause 2 13
  Sexual intercourse with menstruating women 3 19
Symptoms of short wind*   
  Cough 8 42
  Discoloured eyes 3 16
  Fever 2 11
  Haemoptysis 3 16
  Fatigue 5 26
  Shortness of breath 8 42
  Weight loss 5 26
  Other symptoms 10 52
  1. §n = number of valid responses. All percentages were calculated as a proportion of the number of valid responses, which are indicated in brackets.
  2. #The healers were asked to give the single most important response for the question: How do people get this sickness?
  3. *The healers described more than one symptom for short wind, therefore these percentages do not add up to 100.
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