Florence Nightingale Journal of Nursing
Research Article

Traditional Methods and Practices Used in Society to Prevent COVID-19


Department of Nursing, Selçuk University, Aksehir Kadir Yallagoz School of Health, Konya, Turkey


Department of Public Health Nurse, Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of Turkey, Ankara, Turkey

Florence Nightingale J Nurs 2022; 30: 154-166
DOI: 10.54614/FNJN.2022.21139
Read: 463 Downloads: 159 Published: 25 May 2022

AIM: The aim of this study was to determine the traditional methods and practices used during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.

METHOD: This descriptive study was conducted between July 11 and 25, 2020, with volunteers above 18 years of age registered in the population of a district located in a rural district in Turkey. For the implementation of the study, permission was obtained from the Selçuk University Ethics Committee of Non-Interventional Scientific Research. The data collection form consisted of two parts. In the first part of the data collection form, there are seven questions concerning about characteristics of the participants. In the second part of the form, there are 13 questions concerning about characteristics of the participants. During the research application, data were collected from 500 participants. Data of the study were summarized in numbers, percentage, mean, and standard deviation and Fisher’s exact and Chi-square tests were performed.

RESULTS: Participants mostly used disinfectant (2.97 ± 1.18) and cologne (2.87 ± 1.09) in their personal hygiene for protection against coronavirus disease 2019 infection, in addition to home ventilation (3.77 ± 0.54) and use of bleach (2.78 ± 1.36) for home/environmental hygiene. Around 80.4% of those who did not take precautions did not work in healthcare and the status of taking precautions against coronavirus disease 2019 varied according to the field of employment (p = .000). The traditional method total score changed between the age groups 18–45 and 46–76 years, and the use of traditional methods increased with age (p = .000).

CONCLUSION: It was determined that the rate of using protective measures recommended by experts during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic was high in the research group, while the scores of using traditional methods were also high. In addition, the rate of using protective measures was high among health sector workers. Results from this study may suggest further research to reveal the traditional methods and practices used during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic in order to take precautions for methods and practices known to be detrimental to human health and to increase the use of those known to be useful, in line with the results obtained.

Cite this article as: Özpulat, F., & Akçay, D. (2022). Traditional methods and practices used in society to prevent COVID-19. Florence Nightingale Journal of Nursing., 30(2), 154-166.

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