Uses of formal and informal knowledge in the comprehension of instructions for oral rehydration therapy in Kenya

Thomas O. Eisemon, Vimla Patel, Sarone Ole Sena

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Abstract

Information for using pre-mixed oral rehydration salt solutions, which have been made widely available in rural Kenya, is normally obtained from what is printed on the packets in English and either read or explained to the purchaser. Consequently, the comprehension can be improved with simple changes in the printed text, particularly those that reinforce appropriate modern or indigenous medical knowledge. However, the knowledge involved in effectively using oral rehydration therapy is not merely an awareness of its benefits, but an understanding of the environmental and biological causes of diarrhoeal diseases and an ability to explain the course of treatment that secondary schooling seems to develop.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1225-1234
Number of pages10
JournalSocial Science and Medicine
Volume25
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • health education
  • Kenya
  • oral rehydration therapy

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Social Psychology
  • Development
  • Health(social science)

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Uses of formal and informal knowledge in the comprehension of instructions for oral rehydration therapy in Kenya. / Eisemon, Thomas O.; Patel, Vimla; Sena, Sarone Ole.

In: Social Science and Medicine, Vol. 25, No. 11, 01.01.1987, p. 1225-1234.

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Eisemon, Thomas O. ; Patel, Vimla ; Sena, Sarone Ole. / Uses of formal and informal knowledge in the comprehension of instructions for oral rehydration therapy in Kenya. In: Social Science and Medicine. 1987 ; Vol. 25, No. 11. pp. 1225-1234.
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