Effectiveness of Traditional Chinese Medicine Versus Western Medicine in Treating Paediatric Eczema - Research Proposal
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Eczema in paediatrics affects 25% of school going children in Singapore. It is a common skin disorder and the prevalence has increased over the years. Treatment options usually involve the use of corticosteroids in Western Medicine. Researches have shown that the use of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has increased widely in Singapore as an alternate treatment for eczema.
The purpose of this pilot study is to evaluate the effectiveness of the two different treatment options, evaluating the duration, outcome and recurrence rate of eczema in paediatrics. A selective sampling will be used to obtain a total sample size of 50 participants from 2 different clinics. A questionnaire will be used to obtain data from parents awaiting…show more content… Upon completion of the survey, a token of appreciation will be given to the parents to acknowledge their participation in this study. This will be in a form of a small notebook titled “Eczema Diary” which can be used to record the progress of their child during the course of treatment.
After two months, the surveyors will contact the parents to follow up on the child’s progress with the respective treatments based on the 3 follow up questions.
We will first seek consent from the Head of Department in the respective clinics in order to conduct this study in the clinics. Upon approval, the surveyors will set up posters for advertisement purpose at the counter of the respective clinics.
The surveyors will approach the parents awaiting consultation at the respective clinics. Upon conducting the survey, the surveyors will have to seek permission from the caregivers to conduct the survey. They will also need the parents’ consent to follow up with the progress of their child for a period of 2 months. The surveyors will need to get approval to have the parent’s contact details so as to collect the data necessary for the study.
Dissemination of results
The findings will be reported to the Singapore Health Promotion Board. This will increase the public awareness for children with eczema and provide better outcomes about treatment options for eczema.
This pilot study will take a total of 3 months. The first two weeks will be