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Over a period of 18 years the preference for doctors by Pakistanis has decreased by a small percentage (5-percentage points). The reliance on homeopathy has increased by 3 percentage-points.

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According to a Gallup & Gilani Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 2001 (18 years ago) respondents were asked, “Which method of treatment do you prefer the most??” In response to this question, 71% said doctors, 14% preferred Hakeems, 9% said homeopathy, 4% said household remedies and 2% relied on Dum Durood.

Comparative Picture: The question was asked again in 2019 to enable a concrete comparison. In 2019, 66% said they preferred doctors, 13% said Hakeems, 12% said homeopathy, 4% each rely on household remedies and Dum Durood. 1% did not know or did not wish to respond.

According to public opinion, there has been 5% decrease in the proportion of Pakistanis whose preferred method of treatment is through doctors. Also there is a 3% increase in Pakistanis who resort to homeopathy for their treatment. Preference for household remedies is the same while there is a 2% increase in the proportion of Pakistanis who resort to Dum Durood.

It should be noted that the differences in results since 2001 is small and under the error margin, therefore caution may be adopted in interpreting results. More thorough investigation is needed to ascertain if the poll findings are long-term shifts.

 This press release has been made as part of the Gallup Pakistan History Project which aims to release historical empirical polling data to wider audiences. The objective is to sustain and encourage empirical decision making in Pakistan.

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