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Human’s Complexity and Man’s Atrocity: Causes Of Medical Malpractices among Pakhtuns of Pakistan

  • Arab Naz

    (Chairman Department of Sociology/Social Work, University of Malakand Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan)

  • Umar Daraz

    (Lecturer and PhD scholar, Department of Sociology and Social Work, University of Malakand Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan)

  • Waseem Khan

    (Lecturer and PhD scholar, Department of Sociology and Social Work, University of Malakand Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan)

  • Qaisar Khan

    (Assistant Professor English University of Malakand)

  • Tariq Khan

    (Assistant Professor in Department of English University of Malakand Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan)

  • Anwar Alam

    (Chairman Sociology university of Peshawar)

  • Irum Mughal

    (Program officer, PARD Peshawar)

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    This study investigates various socio-economic causes of medical malpractices among Pakhtuns of District Swat Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan. A comprehensive survey was conducted in Saidu Group of teaching hospitals Mingora and data was collected through structured questionnaire from 115 educated respondents through stratified random sampling with proportional-allocation method including patients, nurses, and paramedical staff. A triangulated (Qualitative and Quantitative) approach was adopted to record the responses of the respondents’ perceptions regarding medical malpractices. The study reveals that various socio-economic causes contribute to the malpractices such as lack of health-education, untrained practitioners, un-sterilized procedures, lust for money, corruption and, vested interest groups. The study recommends that proper health education; awareness among people, proper health policy, ban on quackery and deterrence to drug black marketing will help reduce and eliminate medical practices.

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    Article provided by Asian Economic and Social Society in its journal Asian Journal of Empirical Research.

    Volume (Year): 3 (2013)
    Issue (Month): 3 (March)
    Pages: 286-297

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    Handle: RePEc:asi:ajoerj:2013:p:286-297
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