The aim of this descriptive study was to determine the traditional health practices used by Syrian refugee women in Turkey.


A survey was carried out among Syrian refugee women in the Turkish province of Hatay, which has experienced heavy immigration. The study sample consisted of 75 married Syrian women over the age of 18. Questionnaires were completed during face-to-face interviews and took approximately 60 min.


All the women (100%) reported using a traditional health method in pregnancy; almost all had used a traditional health method during childbirth and the postpartum period (both 98.7%), and to treat a vaginal infection (92.0%) and induce an abortion (93.3%); most used a traditional method of contraception (85.3%).


Some of the reported known and used methods are harmless or beneficial to women’s health. Some, however, can negatively affect women’s health in terms of infection, bleeding and toxicity. In order to eliminate potentially harmful traditional health practices, it is recommended that Syrian refugee women receive health education.


目的:这项描述性研究的目的是确定在土耳其的叙利亚难民妇女使用的传统保健方法。方法:在经历了大量移民的土耳其哈塔伊省, 对叙利亚难民妇女进行了一项调查。研究样本包括75名18岁以上的叙利亚已婚妇女。问卷是在面对面的采访中完成的, 耗时约60分钟。结果:所有受访妇女(100%)报告在孕期使用传统保健方法, 几乎所有妇女在分娩和产后都使用过传统保健方法(均为98.7%), 治疗阴道感染(92.0%)和引产(93.3%), 大多数使用传统避孕方法(85.3%)。结论:已报道的一些已知和使用的方法对妇女健康无害或有益。然而, 有些药物会在感染、出血和毒性方面对妇女的健康产生负面影响。为了消除潜在的有害传统保健习俗, 建议叙利亚难民妇女接受健康教育。

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