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Feasibility of implementing pranic healing as a complementary service: A case study at Sanglah General Hospital, Denpasar

Desak Made Megawati, Dinar Saurmauli Lubis , Ida Bagus Gede Fajar Manuaba, Cokorda Bagus Jaya Lesmana

Desak Made Megawati
Integrated Cancer Installation, Sanglah General Hospital

Dinar Saurmauli Lubis
Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Udayana University. Email: dinar_lubis@unud.ac.id

Ida Bagus Gede Fajar Manuaba
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, Udayana University

Cokorda Bagus Jaya Lesmana
Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Udayana University
Online First: July 01, 2021 | Cite this Article
Megawati, D., Lubis, D., Manuaba, I., Lesmana, C. 2021. Feasibility of implementing pranic healing as a complementary service: A case study at Sanglah General Hospital, Denpasar. Public Health and Preventive Medicine Archive 9(1): 3-10. DOI:10.15562/phpma.v9i1.321


Background and purpose: WHO supports the implementation of complementary therapy services in health facilities to increase comprehensive health services coverage. Sanglah Hospital is developing the pranic healing service as part of the development of Indonesia’s medical tourism and traditional health. This study aims to determine the extent to which the feasibility, obstacles, challenges, and opportunities of the pranic healing service implemented at Sanglah Hospital.

Methods: This study employed a mixed-methods design with a case study approach. The data were collected from March to April 2020 using in-depth interview with 23 informants by collecting information on acceptance, readiness, requests, and service management. Documents and archival records were also collected. The survey data were collected using a self-administered questionnaire from 40 respondents by collecting information on patients’ requests and acceptance aspects. The qualitative data analysis was performed thematically and presented in a narrative form. The survey data were analyzed using univariate analysis.

Results: The pranic healing service received support from the Ministry of Health and the hospital management, had a good acceptance from health workers and patients, was the only complementary service of its kind in health facilities throughout Indonesia and had the potential for the development of medical tourism. Obstacles and challenges found were related to workforce management, regulatory readiness, referral systems, and the development of inpatient services.

Conclusion: Pranic healing service could be implemented at Sanglah Hospital because they had substantial support and because of demand and acceptance aspects. However, obstacles and challenges on the implementation and practicality aspects should be overcome for the sustainability of this service. The pranic healing has a good potency since to date, it is the only one available in Indonesia which is also potential for the development of medical tourism.

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