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Background: Autoimmune conditions occur when the immune system cannot differentiate between foreign substances and the body’s cells. In multiple sclerosis (MS), the immune system attacks the central nervous system and causes debilitating symptoms. Various factors impact healthcare choices in Africa, including beliefs and social class.

Methods: This qualitative study explored the health-seeking behavior of five (5) purposively selected patients with MS in Ghana through in-depth interviews.

Results: The results of the study, as reported using vignettes, showed a lack of awareness about MS, and the high cost of treatment caused patients to seek non-biomedical forms of care, such as herbal remedies and divine healing.

Conclusion: This study highlights a lack of awareness regarding MS and how this affects the health-seeking behavior of patients. Desperation for an absolute cure to end suffering and the unending drain on their finances led patients to seek other modes of care. Public awareness is needed regarding the condition and alternative means of funding.


Autoimmune conditions multiple sclerosis health-seeking behavior religion herbal remedies vignette Ghana

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Author Biography

Belinda Dentaa Oduro, University of Media, Arts and Communication, Ghana

Belinda Dentaa Oduro is currently serving as an Assistant Lecturer in Broadcast Journalism at the Institute of Film and Television (IFT) of the University of Media, Arts and Communication (UniMAC) in Accra, Ghana. She holds an MPhil in Communication Studies from the University of Ghana and is currently working towards a Doctorate in Sociology at the same institution. Her research interests encompass the Sociology of Health, Media Framing and Representation, New Media, and Online Journalism.

How to Cite
Oduro, B. D. (2024). Understanding the Health-Seeking Behaviour of Multiple Sclerosis Patients in Ghana Through Vignettes. Pan-African Journal of Health and Environmental Science, 3(1), 74–92.


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