The Relationship Between the Perception of Traditional Medicine Use and the Quality of Community Life in Pulungdowo Village, Tumpang Sub-District, Malang Regency
Background Public interest in use of traditional medicines in Indonesia is high. Community in Pulungdowo is one of them. Use of traditional medicines can support the QoL community for their safety and benefits. Measurement of QoL was carried out using Short Form (SF-36). Purpose was to determine relationship between perception of the use of traditional medicine and QoL of the community in Pulungdowo. Methods used descriptive analytic method with quantitative approach using purposive sampling method. Retrieval of research data used questionnaires distributed to 100 respondents in Pulungdowo. Result perception of the use of traditional medicine obtained a total score of 29; mean = 25.65 and SD = 4.89. On QoL of community showed results of average value of each sub-variable QoL that is more than 50. Analysis test of relationship between perception of the use of traditional medicines with QoL, results obtained with a sig 0,000. Conclusion respondents perceptions on the use of traditional medicines was good which meant that respondents could receive and process information well about the use of traditional medicines. In addition, QoL of community after using traditional medicines was also said to be good. Results of the analysis of relationship between perception of the use of traditional medicine and QoL of Pulungdowo showed that there was a relationship between perception of the use of traditional medicine and QoL community. It is needed to improve health promotion programs such as counselling about introduction of traditional medicine types regarding to large number of people only know herbal medicines.